Archive for Category: "Land"

Sightsmap plots most photographed places on planet

Sightsmap plots most photographed places on planet

Governments around the world protect places for a variety of reasons. There are landscapes set aside for critters and memorials to fallen warriors. In the United States and elsewhere, one of the biggest motivations for creating national parks and other preserves is that they’re pretty to look at and photograph. Beauty may be in the […]

LandScope America: a tool to visualize land conservation

LandScope America: a tool to visualize land conservation

If you want to visualize your favorite wilderness area or map the protected areas in your city, LandScope America provides a free and convenient resource. This user-friendly GIS tool, a collaborative project of NatureServe and the National Geographic Society, lets you explore protected lands across the country, create maps of conservation projects, and share your […]

Timber harvest falls in national forests

Timber harvest falls in national forests

Logging on national forests, many of them located in the West, is a shadow of its former self. One of the clearest trends we found in our research was the decline in the timber harvest reported by the U.S. Forest Service, as shown in the graphic below (click to enlarge) and on our forestry dashboard. […]

Human footprint maps of Western states and cities

Human footprint maps of Western states and cities

Just a quick post to let you know that I’ve created a gallery of high-resolution maps depicting the human footprint in each of the 11 Western states, plus some major cities in the region. I wrote about this dataset a few weeks ago and wanted to share some more detailed, zoomed-in views. White indicates areas […]

Lay of the land: who owns the West?

Lay of the land: who owns the West?

The preponderance of public land is one of the American West’s defining features and it’s a primary reason why so much of the region has escaped the kind of intensive development that characterizes most areas back East. In this set of slides, I examine the lay of the land in the West and explain how […]

The human footprint in the American West

The human footprint in the American West

Over the past few years, I’ve been creating slides—hundreds and hundreds them. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a major environmental funder, asked us to take stock of the state of the North American West, one of its geographic priorities. Rather than write a report that would quickly be shelved, we decided to answer the […]

The growth of land trusts: 2000 to 2010

The growth of land trusts: 2000 to 2010

The American West is full of public land, but private property is critical for conserving the region’s wildlife, open space, and other natural resources. Often located along biologically rich streams and rivers, private lands also serve as connective corridors between vast, undeveloped tracts managed by the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and other […]

Which states have the most federal land?

Which states have the most federal land?

The preponderance of federal land is a defining feature of the American West, but the states in the region vary quite a bit on this dimension. I’ve created two slides showing what portion of each state is under federal control. Nevada tops the list with 85%, while Washington and Montana have the least federal land […]