Vermont Forest Indicators Dashboard

Mean Forest Patch Size

Score for 2011:
Long-Term Trend:
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When large forest blocks are subdivided during development, the average forest patch size decreases. As these forests become smaller, they are less supportive to wildlife and limit the dispersal of both plants and animals1. Because subdivision creates more forest edge, these smaller patches may have a higher concentration of invasive plants and may be more prone in insect and disease invasions. Both the ecosystem services (such as recreational opportunities, moderation of fluctuating temperatures, and water filtration) and timber-based economic viability of these smaller patches are reduced. Here, we use remotely-sensed satellite data to assess the average size of forest patches in Vermont using FragStats software2. The current year is scored as the distance between the data minimum -10% of the range and the long-term mean.
FEMC Archive Resources
Dataset: Forest patch statistics for the Northeast