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    Author(s): Allison L. Ginn; Gary T. Green; Nathan P. Nibbelink; H. Ken Cordell
    Date: 2009
    Source: In: Klenosky, David B.; Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc, eds. Proceedings of the 2008 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium; 2008 March 30 - April 1; Bolton Landing, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-42. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 35-42.
    Publication Series: Other
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    Public lands provide recreational opportunities and preserve historic and ecological values. Increases in low-density residential development in the contiguous United States pose a threat not only along the boundaries of national parks and forests, but also around uniquely valuable Wilderness areas. Development within and around protected lands can affect land management and landscape ecology by fragmenting forest and wildlife habitat, diminishing air and water quality, and limiting recreational opportunities and access. Exurban and rural sprawl particularly affects wilderness areas because land development is inconsistent with the nature of wilderness and its associated values. This research uses U.S. Census and land ownership data to identify National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) units with exurban or urban housing densities and large amounts of surrounding private land.

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    Ginn, Allison L.; Green, Gary T.; Nibbelink, Nathan P.; Cordell, H. Ken. 2009. The spatial relationship between exurban development and designated wilderness lands in the contiguous United States. In: Klenosky, David B.; Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc, eds. Proceedings of the 2008 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium; 2008 March 30 - April 1; Bolton Landing, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-42. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 35-42.

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