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WEC275: Conservation Subdivision: Design Phase – Patch Size and Shape of Conserved Open Spaces

Figure 4. One large patch is better than several small patches with the same total area. Simply totaling the area of preserved wildlife habitat on a development property is insufficient. Small, fragmented patches have more edge habitat and may not provide adequate space to sustain many species. Some animals require large expanses of habitat to survive. For certain species, though, a bunch of little patches of habitat located next to each other is fine.