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Acres of Other Rural Land Converted to Developed Land, 1982-1992

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This dot density map shows the total acreage of other rural land converted to developed land from 1982 to 1992. Dots are aggregated by and placed randomly within 8-digit hydrologic units. Each red dot represents 1,000 acres of other rural land converted to developed land. Developed land is a combination of urban and built-up areas and rural transportation land. Other rural land or minor land includes: Farm and Ranch Headquarters, Other Farmland, Salt Flats, Bare Rock, Mines & Quarries, Beaches, Sand dunes, Mixed barren, Mud Flats, River Wash, Oil Wasteland, Other Barren, Snow & Ice Fields, Marshland and all Other Land. There were 356,000 acres of other rural land converted to developed land from 1982 to 1992. Areas with 95% or more Federal area are shaded gray.

Cautions for this Product:
Use this map only to identify broad spatial trends. Within an 8-digit hydrologic unit, dot counts represent total acreage, with an error of plus or minus one dot to account for remainders. Data are not available for Alaska or the Pacific Basin. Data for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are aggregated by 6-digit hydrologic unit.


Source: National Resources Inventory, 1997
Distributor: USDA-NRCS-RIAD
NRI sample data are generally reliable at the 95% confidence interval for state and certain broad substate area analyses. Generally, analyses that aggregate data points by smaller geographic areas and/or more specific criteria result in fewer data points for each aggregation and therefore less reliable estimates. NRI maps reflect national patterns rather than site- specific information.


Aggregate Layer: Cross of State with 8 Digit Hydrologic Units and Federal Land
Other Layers Displayed: States, Rivers


Developed land:
A combination of land cover/use categories, Urban and built-up areas, and Rural Transportation Land.

Other rural land:
A Land cover/use category that includes farmsteads and other farm structures, field windbreaks, barren land, and marshland. [Revised 1992 NRI Summary Report, omitting CRP land.]

Rural transportation land:
A Land Cover/Use category which consists of all highways, roads, railroads and associated rights- of-way outside urban and built-up areas; including private roads to farmsteads or ranch headquarters, logging roads, and other private roads, except field lanes. [NRI-97]

Urban and built-up areas:
A Land Cover/Use category consisting of residential, industrial, commercial, and institutional land; construction sites; public administrative sites; railroad yards; cemeteries; airports; golf courses; sanitary landfills; sewage treatment plants; water control structures and spillways; other land used for such purposes; small parks (less than 10 acres) within urban and built-up areas; and highways, railroads, and other transportation facilities if they are surrounded by urban areas. Also included are tracts of less than 10 acres that do not meet the above definition but are completely surrounded by Urban and Built-up land. Two size categories are recognized in the NRI: (i) areas 0.25 to 10 acres, and (ii) areas greater than 10 acres. [NRI-97]

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Product ID: 5106
Production Date: 1/12/01
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