Land use is both an interesting and a critical issue. this report from the USGS does a good job of detailing how land use in the US changed from 1973 to 2000. If you are concerned about the long-term environmental health of this country (and the world), this is a topic you will find valuable to be informed about.

Land-Cover Change Research at the U.S. Geological Survey—Assessing Our Nation’s Dynamic Land Surface

by Tamara S. Wilson

Land Use ReportThe U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently completed an unprecedented, 27-year assessment of land-use and land-cover change for the conterminous United States. For the period 1973 to 2000, scientists generated estimates of change in major types of land use and land cover, such as development, mining, agriculture, forest, grasslands, and wetlands. To help provide the insight that our Nation will need to make land-use decisions in coming decades, the historical trends data is now being used by the USGS to help model potential future land use/land cover under different scenarios, including climate, environmental, economic, population, public policy, and technological change.

Original post on USGS

An excellent book on this and other related topics, along with very good, pragmatic ideas for solutions to our growing environmental problems is Lester Brown’s World On The Edge: How To Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse

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