Protecting Wetlands from Exurban Development
The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) estimates that over twelve million hectares, or 46,000 square miles, of land were converted from forest or agricultural land to exurban developed landscapes in the past 40 years. (NRCS, 1999). In the 1990s, exurban transformations grew 17.8% over any other land-use change. More importantly, this new landscape attracted nearly 32% of the expanding population (Nelson and Sanchez, 2005).
There are many complicated factors facing land-use planners. In this case, these factors fall into three broad categories: utilizing transportation infrastructure, protecting wetlands, and minimizing land-use change.
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