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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.

New Fairfield, Connecticut

New Fairfield 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 689 4.3% 686 4.3% 728 4.5% 733 4.6% 854 5.3% 165 23.9%
Edge Forest 3141 19.5% 3346 20.8% 3389 21% 3448 21.4% 3422 21.3% 281 9%
Perforated Forest 296 1.8% 392 2.4% 503 3.1% 540 3.4% 578 3.6% 282 95.2%
Small Core Forest 909 5.6% 902 5.6% 698 4.3% 623 3.9% 732 4.5% -177 -19.4%
Medium Core Forest 590 3.7% 679 4.2% 615 3.8% 608 3.8% 336 2.1% -255 -43.1%
Large Core Forest 3911 24.3% 3341 20.8% 3300 20.5% 3236 20.1% 3102 19.3% -810 -20.7%
Developed 1960 12.2% 2119 13.2% 2229 13.2% 2296 14.3% 2357 14.6% 397 20.2%
Non-forest 1409 8.8% 1450 9% 1456 9% 1444 9% 1553 9.6% 143 10.2%
Water 3196 19.8% 3187 19.8% 3186 19.8% 3175 19.7% 3169 19.7% -27 -0.8%
Total Core Forest 5411 33.6% 4922 30.6% 4613 28.6% 4467 27.7% 4170 25.9% -1241 -22.9%
Total Forest 9537 59.2% 9346 58% 9232 57.3% 9188 57.1% 9024 56% -513 -5.4%