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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.

Ashford, Connecticut

Ashford 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 265 1% 284 1.1% 286 1.1% 286 1.1% 294 1.2% 29 10.9%
Edge Forest 6251 24.8% 6308 25% 6352 25.2% 6463 25.6% 6555 26% 304 4.9%
Perforated Forest 1055 4.2% 1105 4.4% 1194 4.7% 1458 5.8% 1513 6% 458 43.5%
Small Core Forest 2578 10.2% 2422 9.6% 2576 10.2% 2475 9.8% 2484 9.8% -94 -3.7%
Medium Core Forest 4740 18.8% 4697 18.6% 4461 17.7% 4249 16.8% 3995 15.8% -745 -15.7%
Large Core Forest 5413 21.4% 5307 21% 5200 20.6% 5037 19.9% 5011 19.8% -402 -7.4%
Developed 1680 6.7% 1777 7% 1805 7% 1853 7.3% 1871 7.4% 192 11.4%
Non-forest 2643 10.5% 2737 10.8% 2774 10.8% 2868 11.4% 2973 11.8% 330 12.5%
Water 627 2.5% 614 2.4% 604 2.4% 565 2.2% 555 2.2% -73 -11.6%
Total Core Forest 12731 50.4% 12426 49.2% 12236 48.5% 11760 46.6% 11490 45.5% -1241 -9.7%
Total Forest 20301 80.4% 20123 79.7% 20068 79.5% 19966 79.1% 19852 78.6% -449 -2.2%