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Main Title Forests on the edge : housing development on America's private forests /
Author Stein, Susan M.
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Stein, Susan M.
Publisher U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station,
Year Published 2005
OCLC Number 60771502
Subjects Housing development--United States ; Private forests--United States ; Urbanization--Environmental aspects--United States ; Land use--Environmental aspects--United States ; Forest policy--United States ; Forests and forestry--United States ; Forest management--United States ; Housing--Environmental aspects--United States
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ELBM  SD11.A45617 2005 no.636 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 04/21/2017
Collation 15 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 28 cm.
Cover title. A report from the Forests on the Edge project. "May 2005." Includes bibliographical references (pages 14-15).
Contents Notes
The private working land base of America's forests is being converted to developed uses, with implications for the condition and management of affected private forests and the watersheds in which they occur. The Forests on the Edge project seeks to improve understanding of the processes and thresholds associated with increases in housing density in private forests and likely effects on the contributions of those forests to timber, wildlife, and water resources. This report, the first in a series, displays and describes housing density projections on private forests, by watershed, across the conterminous United States. An interdisciplinary team used geographic information system (GIS) techniques to identify fourth-level watersheds containing private forests that are projected to experience increased housing density by 2030. Results indicate that some 44.2 million acres (over 11 percent) of private forests--particularly in the East, where most private forests occur--are likely to see dramatic increases in housing development in the next three decades, with consequent impacts on ecological, economic, and social services. Although conversion of forest land to other uses over time is inevitable, local jurisdictions and states can target efforts to prevent or reduce conversion of the most valuable forest lands to keep private working forests resilient and productive.