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People and Their Environments

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Changing Population Demographics, Changing Land Uses

[photo:] New homes replace farmland in Dallas County, Iowa, as suburbs of Clive and Waukee grow on the west side of Des Moines, 2000 (photo by Lynn Betts, Natural Resources Conservation Service).

Where people decide to live, work, and play has a great influence on the natural environment.  As the U.S. population has grown and become more ethnically diverse, impacts on the environment have spread across the landscape, affecting an ever-greater share of natural resources and protected areas.

We study changes in the U.S. population and related changes in land use and the natural environment.  We look for historical patterns and clues about how those patterns will continue to play out on the landscape in the future.

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Last Modified: 11/04/2014