Skip to page content
USDA Forest Service

Research & Development Treesearch

Treesearch Home
About Treesearch
Contact Us
Research & Development
Forest Products Lab
International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Pacific Northwest
Pacific Southwest
Rocky Mountain
Southern Research Station
Help - We Participate  Government Made Easy

Global Forest Information Service

US Forest Service
P.O. Box 96090
Washington, D.C.

(202) 205-8333

You are here: Home / Search / Publication Information
Bookmark and Share

Publication Information

View PDF (575 K bytes)

Title: Open spaces, working places

Author: Resnik, Jessica; Wallace, George; Brunson, Mark; Mitchell, John;

Date: 2006

Source: Rangelands. 28(5): 4-9.

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: Private rangeland near many Western cities is disappearing rapidly under an onslaught of suburban and "ranchette" developments. As the "peopling of the New West" continues unabated, alarms have been raised on two fronts: by rural citizens and conservation groups troubled by the loss of agricultural production and biological diversity, and by urban interests that lament the loss of open space and recreation opportunity. Some counties and cities are taking steps to slow the rate of rangeland conversion by acquiring farms and ranches for use as open space, but that won't do much to ease rural concerns unless concerted cooperative efforts are made to both reduce potential conflicts over recreational and agricultural land uses and maintain rangeland landscapes that serve as more than just scenic backdrops for suburban lifestyles.

Keywords: rangeland, suburban development, rangeland conversion

Publication Notes:

  • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
  • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
  • You may send email to to request a hard copy of this publication. (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)



Resnik, Jessica; Wallace, George; Brunson, Mark; Mitchell, John 2006. Open spaces, working places. Rangelands. 28(5): 4-9.


 [ Get Acrobat ]  Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility

USDA logo which links to the department's national site. Forest Service logo which links to the agency's national site.