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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.

Colchester, Connecticut

Colchester 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 869 2.7% 874 2.7% 905 2.8% 910 2.9% 934 2.9% 65 7.4%
Edge Forest 7637 24% 7980 25.1% 8253 26% 8447 26.6% 8527 26.8% 889 11.6%
Perforated Forest 1342 4.2% 1553 4.9% 1629 5.1% 1773 5.6% 1753 5.5% 411 30.7%
Small Core Forest 2984 9.4% 3180 10% 3581 11.3% 3182 10% 3057 9.6% 73 2.4%
Medium Core Forest 3035 9.6% 3079 9.7% 3683 11.6% 3397 10.7% 3753 11.8% 719 23.7%
Large Core Forest 7321 23% 6023 19% 4304 13.5% 4235 13.3% 3724 11.7% -3597 -49.1%
Developed 3400 10.7% 3880 12.2% 4113 12.2% 4375 13.8% 4461 14% 1061 31.2%
Non-forest 4335 13.6% 4408 13.9% 4533 13.9% 4719 14.9% 4839 15.2% 505 11.6%
Water 847 2.7% 793 2.5% 768 2.5% 731 2.3% 721 2.3% -126 -14.9%
Total Core Forest 13340 42% 12283 38.7% 11568 36.4% 10815 34% 10534 33.2% -2805 -21%
Total Forest 23188 73% 22689 71.4% 22356 70.4% 21945 69.1% 21748 68.5% -1440 -6.2%