Urbanization is not a problem. It has become one because it cannot be stopped. Cities build strength in response to restraints, technology does not, and seeks to eliminate every obstacle. Once the technology is restrained to “a geography,” it might be possible to achieve a purpose greater than that of the wild.
The Resource Planning Act Assessment issued every decade by the U.S. Forest Service finds the primary cause for the loss of natural forests and rangelands is residential and commercial sprawl, along with other land-use changes. Additional threat factors include climate change, wildfires, insect infestations, bacteria, and fungi. These trends in the structure of the nation’s renewable resources project to 2060. Current land-use policies supporting the population and economy are threats that shrink the resource base connected to rural areas.
The Resource Planning Act Assessment is required to be completed every ten years pursuant to the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act, a 1974 law (Pub. L. 93-378). The latest RPA Assessment draft is available for public comment through Sept. 30.
Draft reports can be accessed at
Public comments on the draft 2010 RPA Assessment can be filed at: http://www.fs.fed.us/research/rpa.