Land-Use Change, Economics, and Rural Well-Being

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The full article and related projects can be found in the U.S. Geological Survey science features.

Short Description

The upper midwest region of the United States known as the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) has seen many uses in agriculture and oil and gas production. The study conducted on this region sought to produce the most comprehensive report on the evoluion of land use, economic change, and socio-culture influence. In recent years, the land use of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota for oil and gas production has increased to be one of  the top oil-producing regions in the U.S. Agriculture continues to be the strongest economic driver in the PPR, though the overall health of the farming economy today relies more heavily on the overall health of the non-agricultural economy than it did in the 1970's. Tourism in the regions public lands is another major economic force. The report seeks to provide a comprehensive understanding of how these three different uses for the public and private land interact as the usage balance continues to change.

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