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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.

East Lyme, Connecticut

East Lyme 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 917 4.1% 934 4.2% 986 4.4% 940 4.2% 997 4.5% 80 8.7%
Edge Forest 4805 21.5% 4869 21.8% 4788 21.5% 4703 21.1% 4916 22% 111 2.3%
Perforated Forest 732 3.3% 741 3.3% 743 3.3% 1003 4.5% 960 4.3% 228 31.1%
Small Core Forest 1500 6.7% 1709 7.7% 1593 7.1% 1485 6.7% 1593 7.1% 93 6.2%
Medium Core Forest 1309 5.9% 829 3.7% 810 3.6% 760 3.4% 498 2.2% -811 -61.9%
Large Core Forest 6306 28.3% 6069 27.2% 5943 26.7% 5548 24.9% 5230 23.5% -1076 -17.1%
Developed 2947 13.2% 3322 14.9% 3461 14.9% 3708 16.6% 3908 17.5% 960 32.6%
Non-forest 2965 13.3% 3063 13.7% 3232 13.7% 3410 15.3% 3455 15.5% 490 16.5%
Water 816 3.7% 762 3.4% 743 3.4% 742 3.3% 742 3.3% -73 -9%
Total Core Forest 9115 40.9% 8607 38.6% 8346 37.4% 7793 34.9% 7321 32.8% -1795 -19.7%
Total Forest 15569 69.8% 15151 67.9% 14862 66.7% 14438 64.8% 14192 63.7% -1377 -8.8%