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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.

Groton, Connecticut

Groton 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 1264 6.1% 1245 6% 1193 5.8% 1106 5.3% 1171 5.7% -93 -7.3%
Edge Forest 4001 19.3% 3956 19.1% 3875 18.7% 3795 18.3% 3741 18.1% -260 -6.5%
Perforated Forest 587 2.8% 537 2.6% 551 2.7% 565 2.7% 575 2.8% -12 -2.1%
Small Core Forest 1902 9.2% 1845 8.9% 2220 10.7% 1945 9.4% 2097 10.1% 195 10.2%
Medium Core Forest 2824 13.7% 2442 11.8% 1807 8.7% 1737 8.4% 1455 7% -1370 -48.5%
Large Core Forest 745 3.6% 695 3.4% 673 3.3% 617 3% 588 2.8% -157 -21.1%
Developed 5490 26.5% 5905 28.5% 6168 28.5% 6588 31.8% 6681 32.3% 1191 21.7%
Non-forest 2706 13.1% 3057 14.8% 3246 14.8% 3383 16.4% 3429 16.6% 723 26.7%
Water 1169 5.7% 1006 4.9% 956 4.9% 953 4.6% 952 4.6% -217 -18.6%
Total Core Forest 5471 26.4% 4983 24.1% 4700 22.7% 4299 20.8% 4139 20% -1332 -24.3%
Total Forest 11323 54.7% 10720 51.8% 10318 49.9% 9765 47.2% 9626 46.5% -1697 -15%