Policies for Managing Urban Growth and Landscape Change: A Key to Conservation in the 21st Century

The public sector has responded to growing awareness of and concern about the social, economic, and environmental costs of sprawling development by creating a wide range of policy instruments designed to more effectively manage urban growth. The papers in this collection examine key issues related to growth management and selected approaches to managing urban growth and minimizing its undesirable impacts. They were presented at a symposium on “Policies for Managing Urban Growth and Landscape Change: A Key to Conservation in the 21st Century” at the Society for Conservation Biology 2004 Annual Meeting, Conservation in an Urbanizing World, held on the campus of Columbia University in New York on July 30 through August 2, 2004. In the increasingly urbanized world in which we live – with about 80 percent of the United States population currently living in urban and suburban areas – natural resource planners, managers, and policymakers need a better understanding of the context and impacts of urban sprawl and the range of policy instruments available to manage urban growth as they work with professionals from many other fields to deal with the threats posed by development. The papers in this collection will contribute to building that understanding.

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    • Contents include: The Rise and Fall of Concern about Urban Sprawl in the United States: An Updated Analysis by David P. Fan, David N. Bengston, Robert S. Potts and Edward G. Goetz; Urbanization as a Threat to Biodiversity: Trophic Theory, Economic Geography, and Implications for Conservation Land Acquisition by Brian Czech; Protecting Open Space In and Around the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area by Roderick H. Squires; Brownfield Redevelopment: A Hidden Opportunity for Conservation Biology by Lynne M. Westphal, Jeffrey M. Levengood, Alaka Wali, David Soucek and Douglas F. Stotz; Seoul’s Greenbelt: An Experiment in Urban Containment by David N. Bengston and Youn Yeo-Chang; Urban Growth Management and Ecological Sustainability: Confronting the “Smart Growth” Fallacy by Gabor Zovanyi; and The Big Tent of Growth Management: Smart Growth as a Movement by Edward G. Goetz.
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    Department of Agriculture

    Forest Service
    North Central Research Station
    St. Paul, MN  United States 
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  • Publication Date: 2005


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 58p

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  • Accession Number: 01634854
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NC-265
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 17 2017 10:52AM