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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.

Bethany, Connecticut

Bethany 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 442 3.2% 479 3.5% 475 3.5% 488 3.6% 519 3.8% 77 17.5%
Edge Forest 3886 28.4% 3916 28.6% 3929 28.7% 4064 29.7% 4050 29.6% 164 4.2%
Perforated Forest 403 2.9% 436 3.2% 530 3.9% 602 4.4% 633 4.6% 230 57.1%
Small Core Forest 1372 10% 1277 9.3% 1249 9.1% 1525 11.1% 1406 10.3% 34 2.5%
Medium Core Forest 572 4.2% 568 4.2% 559 4.1% 554 4% 552 4% -20 -3.5%
Large Core Forest 3816 27.9% 3667 26.8% 3545 25.9% 2978 21.8% 2933 21.4% -883 -23.1%
Developed 1293 9.4% 1431 10.5% 1462 10.5% 1547 11.3% 1603 11.7% 311 24%
Non-forest 1599 11.7% 1606 11.7% 1649 11.7% 1645 12% 1705 12.5% 107 6.7%
Water 306 2.2% 308 2.2% 291 2.2% 287 2.1% 287 2.1% -20 -6.4%
Total Core Forest 5761 42.1% 5512 40.3% 5353 39.1% 5056 36.9% 4891 35.7% -869 -15.1%
Total Forest 10491 76.6% 10344 75.6% 10287 75.1% 10209 74.6% 10094 73.7% -398 -3.8%