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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 […]

3, 2, 1 . . . EcoWest is launching!

3, 2, 1 . . . EcoWest is launching!

The American West is evolving faster than ever. Population growth is increasing pressure on scarce resources. Climate change is compounding traditional environmental threats. Demographic trends are reshaping the region’s complexion. Such rapid, profound changes make it vital to analyze and share data on the West. Browse through any newspaper in the region and you’ll see […]

What is the West? 5 ways the region stands out

What is the West? 5 ways the region stands out

The “West” is as much a cultural invention as a geographical construct, so it’s a difficult place to define. Ranging from the driest of deserts to the wettest of rainforests, the lands of Western North America include an incredible diversity of ecosystems and people. But in many ways, the American West does hang together as […]