Conserving lands and prosperity: Seeking balance between conservation & development in the Rocky Mountains West 2012
Public lands comprise a major portion of the western landscape and shape rural economies and cultures by providing raw materials, recreational opportunities, wildlife habitat and desirable scenic qualities. Management goals for public lands range from conservation to development of commodity resources such as oil, gas and minerals. This paper examines the relationship between economic security and varying land management and usage strategies in the rural Rocky Mountain West.
A geographic information system is used to analyze the percentage of land in each county managed under three scenarios:
(1) Recreation and conservation;
(2) Development of commodity resources; and
(3) A combination thereof.
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