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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.

Canton, Connecticut

Canton 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 389 2.4% 397 2.5% 395 2.5% 409 2.6% 525 3.3% 135 34.8%
Edge Forest 4460 27.9% 4665 29.1% 4715 29.4% 4870 30.4% 4875 30.4% 416 9.3%
Perforated Forest 443 2.8% 521 3.3% 580 3.6% 639 4% 719 4.5% 276 62.3%
Small Core Forest 1828 11.4% 2188 13.7% 2347 14.7% 2372 14.8% 2291 14.3% 464 25.4%
Medium Core Forest 601 3.8% 567 3.5% 304 1.9% 268 1.7% 9 0.1% -592 -98.5%
Large Core Forest 4785 29.9% 3985 24.9% 3904 24.4% 3533 22.1% 3422 21.4% -1363 -28.5%
Developed 1641 10.3% 1822 11.4% 1862 11.4% 1996 12.5% 2152 13.4% 510 31.1%
Non-forest 1523 9.5% 1525 9.5% 1573 9.5% 1599 10% 1695 10.6% 172 11.3%
Water 343 2.1% 342 2.1% 333 2.1% 327 2% 325 2% -17 -5%
Total Core Forest 7214 45.1% 6740 42.1% 6554 40.9% 6173 38.6% 5723 35.7% -1491 -20.7%
Total Forest 12506 78.1% 12324 77% 12245 76.5% 12091 75.5% 11841 73.9% -665 -5.3%