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Biological Science Reports     ISSN 1081-292X Information and Technology Reports     ISSN 1081-2911
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Copies of this publication are available from the National Technical Information Service, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, Virginia 22161 (1-800-553-6847 or 703-478-4650). Copies also are available to registered users from the Defense Technical Information Center, Attn.: Help Desk, 8725 Kingman Road, Suite 0944, Fort Belvoir, Virginia 22060-6218 (1-800-225-3842 or 703-767-9050).

Production and editorial assistance from Maury Nyquist, Ralph Root, and Susan Stitt, U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, and the publication staff of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center.

Abstract: Ecological change is constant and profound, yet it often occurs at temporal and spatial scales that are difficult to measure and interpret. This publication demonstrates how diverse data bases, archived in different formats and at numerous locations, can be brought together to provide an integrated perspective on the relationship between land use and landcover change. The authors provide the historical context for interpreting recent landcover change in several regions of North America and articulate the value of a comprehensive, continental land-use history for guiding environmental policy and management decisions during the coming century and beyond.

Key Words: ecological change; land use; land cover; North America; temporal scale; spatial scale

Suggested citation:
Sisk, T.D., editor. 1998. Perspectives on the land-use history of North America: a context for understanding our changing environment. U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Biological Science Report USGS/BRD/BSR 1998-0003 (Revised September 1999). 104 pp.

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