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A Sensitivity Analysis of "Forests on the Edge: Housing Development on America's Private Forests"

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Overview

In this study, we examined the sensitivity of the results of the first Forests on the Edge report.

Key Points Covered

  • Use of updated private land and forest cover spatial data and a revised model of housing density change
  • Projection of residential development on woodland identified as shrub/scrub land cover
  • Inclusion of very-low-density residential development in the housing density change categories
  • Inclusion of additional watersheds in the analysis by changing the screening criteria

The results of the first FOTE report were found to be generally stable to the four factors above. Use of updated data and a revised model had the most significant impact on the results.

Reference:

White, Eric M.; Alig, Ralph J.; Stein, Susan M.; Mahal, Lisa G.; Theobald, David M. 2009. A sensitivity analysis of "Forests on the Edge: Housing Development on America’s Private Forests." Gen. Tech Rep. PNW-GTR-792. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 35 p.