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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.

Litchfield, Connecticut

Litchfield 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 1258 3.5% 1229 3.4% 1235 3.4% 1232 3.4% 1243 3.4% -15 -1.2%
Edge Forest 9794 26.9% 9837 27% 9801 26.9% 9867 27.1% 9851 27% 57 0.6%
Perforated Forest 1099 3% 1092 3% 1321 3.6% 1408 3.9% 1655 4.5% 556 50.6%
Small Core Forest 4580 12.6% 4691 12.9% 4570 12.5% 4467 12.3% 4208 11.5% -372 -8.1%
Medium Core Forest 3156 8.7% 2843 7.8% 2341 6.4% 2813 7.7% 3628 10% 472 14.9%
Large Core Forest 5082 13.9% 5051 13.9% 5453 15% 4901 13.4% 3897 10.7% -1185 -23.3%
Developed 3189 8.8% 3377 9.3% 3397 9.3% 3446 9.5% 3496 9.6% 307 9.6%
Non-forest 7468 20.5% 7501 20.6% 7522 20.6% 7547 20.7% 7704 21.1% 236 3.2%
Water 811 2.2% 815 2.2% 798 2.2% 756 2.1% 754 2.1% -56 -6.9%
Total Core Forest 12818 35.2% 12585 34.5% 12363 33.9% 12181 33.4% 11733 32.2% -1085 -8.5%
Total Forest 24969 68.5% 24743 67.9% 24720 67.8% 24687 67.8% 24482 67.2% -487 -2%