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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.

Fairfield, Connecticut

Fairfield 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 2250 11.6% 2307 11.9% 2279 11.7% 2385 12.3% 2531 13% 281 12.5%
Edge Forest 2622 13.5% 2538 13.1% 2518 13% 2379 12.2% 2165 11.1% -457 -17.4%
Perforated Forest 156 0.8% 152 0.8% 130 0.7% 138 0.7% 143 0.7% -13 -8.5%
Small Core Forest 818 4.2% 716 3.7% 630 3.2% 590 3% 543 2.8% -275 -33.6%
Medium Core Forest 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0%
Large Core Forest 118 0.6% 118 0.6% 115 0.6% 117 0.6% 117 0.6% -1 -0.5%
Developed 7660 39.4% 7825 40.3% 7902 40.3% 8003 41.2% 8050 41.4% 390 5.1%
Non-forest 5328 27.4% 5292 27.2% 5376 27.2% 5347 27.5% 5412 27.8% 84 1.6%
Water 483 2.5% 486 2.5% 483 2.5% 475 2.4% 473 2.4% -10 -2%
Total Core Forest 935 4.8% 834 4.3% 745 3.8% 707 3.6% 660 3.4% -275 -29.4%
Total Forest 5964 30.7% 5831 30% 5672 29.2% 5609 28.9% 5499 28.3% -465 -7.8%