Regional Development and Land Use Change in the Rocky Mountain West, 1982-1997
Article first published online: 6 MAY 2005
Growth and Change
Volume 36, Issue 2, pages 244–272, Spring 2005
How to Cite
VIAS, A. C. and CARRUTHERS, J. I. (2005), Regional Development and Land Use Change in the Rocky Mountain West, 1982-1997. Growth and Change, 36: 244–272. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2257.2005.00276.x
- Issue published online: 6 MAY 2005
- Article first published online: 6 MAY 2005
- Submitted June 2003; revised March 2004, July 2004.
ABSTRACT Economic and demographic restructuring, along with the increasing desirability of environmental amenities, have driven growth in the eight-state region of the Rocky Mountain West to extraordinary levels in recent decades. While social scientists have developed a solid conceptual understanding of the processes driving growth and change in the region, the broad nature of the land use outcomes associated with in-migration has not received nearly as much scholarly attention. This article initiates an in-depth empirical investigation on the magnitude, nature, and spatial variation of land use change in the Rocky Mountain West over the 1982-1997 time period. Data from the USDA's National Resources Inventory reveals that the conversion of landscapes from rural to urban types of land uses varies significantly from place to place, not only in terms of total land developed, but also with respect to how population pressures and a number of other local characteristics of counties manifest themselves in the spatial pattern of growth.