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Evaluation of the Extent of Vegetative Habitat Alteration in South Florida, 1943-1970

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The extent of vegetative habitat alteration in seven south Florida counties was estimated. The acreage historically occupied by each of 13 vegetative habitat types was determined by planimetry of a base map prepared by J.H. Davis, Jr. in 1943. Land areas currently occupied by urban and agricultural development were identified from recent land use maps prepared by the Florida Coastal Coordinating Committee and the Florida Departement of Transportation. The remaining amounts (in acres) of each type of habitat were determined by outlining upon the base map all acreage now converted to agricultural or urban usage, planimetering the area of each habitat type lost to development, and subrracting the amount of lost habitat from that which was historically present. The data were arrayed in both county and regional summaries to show the total acreage and percentage of each vegetative type lost to each form of development and the total remaining acreage of each. A "native extrapolation" of past trends in land use was performed to show the rate at which wild lands are being developed in the region and to demonstrate the need for constraints on population growth and land use in order to conserve supportive natural systems.
Title: An Evaluation of the Extent of Vegetative Habitat Alteration in South Florida, 1943-1970.
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Name(s): Birnhak, Bruce I.
Crowder, John P., joint author.
United States Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife.
Type of Resource: text
Issuance: multipart monograph
Publisher: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife
Place of Publication: Atlanta
Physical Form: print
Extent: 26 leaves : graphs ; 28 cm.
Language(s): eng
Summary: The extent of vegetative habitat alteration in seven south Florida counties was estimated. The acreage historically occupied by each of 13 vegetative habitat types was determined by planimetry of a base map prepared by J.H. Davis, Jr. in 1943. Land areas currently occupied by urban and agricultural development were identified from recent land use maps prepared by the Florida Coastal Coordinating Committee and the Florida Departement of Transportation. The remaining amounts (in acres) of each type of habitat were determined by outlining upon the base map all acreage now converted to agricultural or urban usage, planimetering the area of each habitat type lost to development, and subrracting the amount of lost habitat from that which was historically present. The data were arrayed in both county and regional summaries to show the total acreage and percentage of each vegetative type lost to each form of development and the total remaining acreage of each. A "native extrapolation" of past trends in land use was performed to show the rate at which wild lands are being developed in the region and to demonstrate the need for constraints on population growth and land use in order to conserve supportive natural systems.
Identifier: 06693115 (oclc), fgcu_swfe_0438 (IID), AAA3921 QF
Note(s): Bruce I. Birnhak and John P. Crowder.
Photocopy. Springfield, Va. : National Technical Information Service, 1974.
Bibliography: leaf 26.
Subject(s): Ecology -- Florida
Reclamation of land -- Florida
Clearing of land -- Florida
Charlotte Harbor Information Resource Center documents
Held by: SUS01 FCL01
Held by: SUS01 FCL01
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fgcu/fd/fgcu_swfe_0438
Owner Institution: FGCU
Is Part of Series: South Florida Environmental Project. Ecological report ; no. DI-SFEP-74-22.