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Homes on the Range: Helping to Understand Residential Development of U.S. Rangelands

Documents and Media Posted on: May 23, 2019
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Homes on the range: Helping to understand residential development of U.S. rangelands

Pages Posted on: May 23, 2019
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Rangelands on the Edge: Quantifying the modification, fragmentation, and future residential development of U.S. rangelands

Publications Posted on: August 08, 2018
Rangelands are increasingly urban, subdivided, and fragmented. About 62 percent of coterminous U.S. rangelands occur on private land and are at further risk for conversion.

Balancing housing growth and land conservation: Conservation development preserves private lands near protected areas

Publications Posted on: March 10, 2017
Housing development has emerged as a primary driver of land-use change around the world. In the United States, there is particular concern about low-density residential development on rural lands, which often occurs in places with abundant natural amenities.

Mapping the wildland urban interface (WUI): where housing meets wildland vegetation

Projects Posted on: April 27, 2015
Over the past century, housing growth has outpaced population growth in the United States, with extensive residential development in the outlying fringes of metropolitan areas and in rural areas with attractive recreational and aesthetic amenities, such as forests. This development is increasing the wildland-urban interface (WUI), that area where structures and other human development meet or intermingle with undeveloped wildland.

Consequences of residential development for biodiversity and human well-being

Publications Posted on: April 20, 2015
Residential development is a leading driver of land-use change, with important implications for biodiversity, ecosystem processes, and human well-being. We reviewed over 500 published scientific articles on the biophysical, economic, and social effects of residential development and open space in the US.