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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.

Bethel, Connecticut

Bethel 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 867 8% 896 8.3% 927 8.5% 976 9% 1024 9.4% 157 18.1%
Edge Forest 2933 27.1% 2925 27% 2876 26.5% 2850 26.3% 2771 25.6% -162 -5.5%
Perforated Forest 274 2.5% 224 2.1% 248 2.3% 273 2.5% 302 2.8% 28 10.4%
Small Core Forest 619 5.7% 940 8.7% 839 7.7% 843 7.8% 728 6.7% 110 17.7%
Medium Core Forest 717 6.6% 282 2.6% 349 3.2% 229 2.1% 217 2% -500 -69.8%
Large Core Forest 1118 10.3% 1019 9.4% 973 9% 962 8.9% 928 8.6% -190 -17%
Developed 2332 21.5% 2643 24.4% 2694 24.4% 2824 26% 2864 26.4% 532 22.8%
Non-forest 1836 16.9% 1785 16.5% 1816 16.5% 1771 16.3% 1897 17.5% 61 3.3%
Water 145 1.3% 127 1.2% 119 1.2% 114 1.1% 110 1% -35 -24.1%
Total Core Forest 2453 22.6% 2242 20.7% 2161 19.9% 2034 18.8% 1872 17.3% -581 -23.7%
Total Forest 6527 60.2% 6286 58% 6212 57.3% 6132 56.6% 5970 55.1% -558 -8.5%