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Fact Sheet 2012–3141

Climate and Land Use Change—Landscape Change Science Program

Mapping, Monitoring, and Modeling Western Gateway Community Landscape Dynamics

By David J. Hester

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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

For additional information contact:
Director, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
Box 25046, Mail Stop 980
Denver, CO 80225

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Suggested citation:

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

References Cited

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