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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.

Columbia, Connecticut

Columbia 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 344 2.5% 335 2.4% 367 2.6% 353 2.5% 367 2.6% 23 6.8%
Edge Forest 3724 26.6% 3791 27.1% 3882 27.7% 3915 27.9% 3920 28% 196 5.3%
Perforated Forest 646 4.6% 715 5.1% 684 4.9% 810 5.8% 914 6.5% 268 41.4%
Small Core Forest 1703 12.1% 1843 13.1% 1740 12.4% 2195 15.7% 2091 14.9% 389 22.8%
Medium Core Forest 2269 16.2% 1892 13.5% 2302 16.4% 1608 11.5% 1509 10.8% -760 -33.5%
Large Core Forest 1440 10.3% 1370 9.8% 858 6.1% 846 6% 828 5.9% -612 -42.5%
Developed 1071 7.6% 1225 8.7% 1304 8.7% 1362 9.7% 1400 10% 330 30.8%
Non-forest 2254 16.1% 2281 16.3% 2331 16.3% 2396 17.1% 2455 17.5% 201 8.9%
Water 565 4% 563 4% 548 4% 532 3.8% 532 3.8% -34 -6%
Total Core Forest 5411 38.6% 5105 36.4% 4900 35% 4649 33.2% 4428 31.6% -983 -18.2%
Total Forest 10125 72.2% 9946 71% 9832 70.2% 9726 69.4% 9628 68.7% -497 -4.9%