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Your Town: Forest Fragmentation

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Forest Fragmentation Analysis Project

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First, click on the map or the menu to select a town. Then use the buttons below to see forest fragmentation maps for each of Connecticut's towns for all study dates as well as a change map. Don't forget to scroll down for summary data tables below the maps!

Follow these links for a description of the forest categories or to see a visual explanation of the forest categories. To take a closer look or compare the forest fragmentation maps with our land cover maps, visit the interactive map. For information organized by watersheds, visit Your Watershed. Also, there are a number of charts and tables summarizing statewide data.

You may also want to visit the land cover "Your Town" page. To download the GIS files, visit the download data page. Finally, don't miss the FAQ page.

Waterford, Connecticut

Waterford Forest Fragmentation and Change

1985 1990 1995 2002 2006 Change
acres % of town acres % of town acres % of town acres % of town acres % of town acres % change
Patch Forest 1019 4.7% 1031 4.7% 1004 4.6% 1058 4.8% 1003 4.6% -16 -1.6%
Edge Forest 5461 24.9% 5355 24.4% 5333 24.3% 5196 23.7% 5270 24.1% -191 -3.5%
Perforated Forest 742 3.4% 759 3.5% 770 3.5% 889 4.1% 869 4% 126 17%
Small Core Forest 2364 10.8% 2762 12.6% 2914 13.3% 2744 12.5% 2643 12.1% 279 11.8%
Medium Core Forest 3034 13.9% 2348 10.7% 1962 9% 1593 7.3% 1572 7.2% -1463 -48.2%
Large Core Forest 1248 5.7% 1230 5.6% 1217 5.6% 1170 5.3% 1168 5.3% -80 -6.4%
Developed 3847 17.6% 4195 19.2% 4352 19.2% 4673 21.3% 4789 21.9% 942 24.5%
Non-forest 3199 14.6% 3312 15.1% 3526 15.1% 3763 17.2% 3778 17.2% 579 18.1%
Water 991 4.5% 914 4.2% 829 4.2% 819 3.7% 815 3.7% -176 -17.8%
Total Core Forest 6646 30.3% 6340 28.9% 6093 27.8% 5507 25.1% 5383 24.6% -1263 -19%
Total Forest 13869 63.3% 13484 61.6% 13199 60.3% 12650 57.7% 12524 57.2% -1345 -9.7%