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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.

Madison, Connecticut

Madison 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 1227 5.2% 1304 5.6% 1372 5.8% 1399 6% 1463 6.2% 236 19.3%
Edge Forest 5404 23% 5694 24.2% 5724 24.4% 5801 24.7% 5608 23.9% 205 3.8%
Perforated Forest 722 3.1% 792 3.4% 828 3.5% 892 3.8% 1010 4.3% 288 39.9%
Small Core Forest 1406 6% 1603 6.8% 1347 5.7% 1349 5.7% 1338 5.7% -68 -4.8%
Medium Core Forest 336 1.4% 250 1.1% 250 1.1% 0 0% 0 0% -336 -100%
Large Core Forest 6772 28.8% 5915 25.2% 5758 24.5% 5484 23.3% 5402 23% -1370 -20.2%
Developed 3813 16.2% 4110 17.5% 4265 17.5% 4521 19.2% 4576 19.5% 763 20%
Non-forest 3474 14.8% 3542 15.1% 3685 15.1% 3790 16.1% 3717 15.8% 243 7%
Water 336 1.4% 280 1.2% 260 1.2% 253 1.1% 374 1.6% 38 11.3%
Total Core Forest 8514 36.2% 7767 33.1% 7355 31.3% 6833 29.1% 6740 28.7% -1774 -20.8%
Total Forest 15866 67.5% 15557 66.2% 15279 65% 14925 63.5% 14821 63.1% -1045 -6.6%