Fact Sheet 2012–3141
Federal public lands in the western United States are becoming increasingly surrounded by Gateway Communities.
These communities are undergoing landscape change due to population growth, economic growth, and the resulting land-use development. Socioeconomic, demographic, and land-use changes in Gateway Communities are often perceived as threats to Federal land resources, natural amenities, cultural resources, and recreational opportunities. However, land-surface disturbances on Federal public lands, such as conventional and alternative energy development (which impact surrounding Gateway Communities), are also environmental and societal issues that Federal land and adjacent regional community planners need to consider in their long-range land-use planning.
First posted February 14, 2013
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Hester, D.J., 2013, Mapping, monitoring, and modeling Western Gateway Community landscape dynamics: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012–3141, 4 p.
Pressures Affecting Federal Lands
Gateway Community Definition
Geographic Research Objectives
Research Strategy and Approach
Gateway Community Research Products