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Public Lands and Population Growth

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Human population growth has substantial impacts on federal lands management. This article documents that growth in federal lands counties was frequently higher than the area's average. Relationships were found between population growth rates and region, metropolitan status, and federal lands presence. Population growth rates varied with federal land management agency, which may be due to regional differences as well as differences in the relative amount of natural amenities. Additional research is needed to explain growth differentials.

Keywords: National Park Service; USDA Forest Service; amenity migration; county population growth; federal land management agencies; federal lands

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Environmental Dynamics, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA 2: School of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA 3: Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA 4: Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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