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    We investigated spatial configuration of economic returns, to enhance models of forest fragmentation for western Oregon and western Washington. Drawing from spatial land rent theory, economic drivers of forest fragmentation at the landscape level include land quality comprised of attributes such as soil fertility or the distance of urban plots to amenities. We included the spatial configuration of land quality as independent variables in regressions for western Oregon. Results indicate that land quality fragmentation is a significant determinant of forest fragmentation. This holds both for a model using a forest fragmentation index composed of three fragmentation metrics, and separate models for each component or metric: percent non-forest, percent edge, and interspersion.

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    Alig, Ralph J.; Lewis, David J.; Swenson, Jennifer J. 2005. Is forest fragmentation driven by the spatial configuration of land quality? The case of western Oregon. Forest Ecology and Management 217: 266-274


    Fragmentation, land quality, land rent, spatial configuration

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