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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.

Weston, Connecticut

Weston 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 886 6.7% 950 7.2% 1020 7.7% 1068 8.1% 1230 9.3% 344 38.8%
Edge Forest 4167 31.5% 4202 31.8% 4285 32.4% 4240 32.1% 4074 30.8% -94 -2.2%
Perforated Forest 457 3.5% 513 3.9% 604 4.6% 608 4.6% 630 4.8% 172 37.7%
Small Core Forest 1441 10.9% 1228 9.3% 953 7.2% 891 6.7% 724 5.5% -717 -49.7%
Medium Core Forest 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0%
Large Core Forest 2028 15.3% 1956 14.8% 1879 14.2% 1885 14.3% 1855 14% -173 -8.5%
Developed 2251 17% 2394 18.1% 2466 18.1% 2515 19% 2581 19.5% 330 14.7%
Non-forest 1281 9.7% 1281 9.7% 1362 9.7% 1326 10% 1443 10.9% 162 12.6%
Water 712 5.4% 700 5.3% 655 5.3% 691 5.2% 689 5.2% -24 -3.3%
Total Core Forest 3469 26.2% 3183 24.1% 2832 21.4% 2776 21% 2579 19.5% -890 -25.7%
Total Forest 8979 67.9% 8849 66.9% 8741 66.1% 8692 65.7% 8512 64.4% -468 -5.2%