About 577,100 acres of land were newly developed between 1982 and 2007, bringing the state total to about 1,809,300 acres. (Figure 9) Land that was newly developed between 1982 and 2007 (577,100 acres) could almost cover an area the size of Jefferson County, Arkansas. The largest increase in development was 252,100 acres between 1987 and 1992. For the NRI, developed land includes rural transportation corridors such as roads and railroads as well as urban and built-up areas which include residential, industrial, commercial and other land uses. The findings on development are important because development isolates tracts of former farmland, which makes agricultural production inefficient and also degrades wildlife habitat. As shown in Figure 10, developed land acres increased as cropland and pastureland decreased.
(Figure 9) - Developed Land
(Figure 10) - Developed Land Acres Increase as Pastureland Acres Decrease