Land Use Changes, 1970'sEntry ID: USDA0016
Abstract: The "Land Use Changes, 1970's" database contains paired sample
data on land use change for the decade of the 1970's for 135
fast growing counties and selected cities in the United States.
Counties are listed by FIPS code. The data cover areas that
have experienced rapid population growth, large losses of
cropland accompanied by moderate population growth and areas
that have gained substantial ... cropland accompanied by population
growth. The land use change data originates from
photointerpretation of a very large number of paired sample
points, corresponding to two dates of photography between the
early 1970's and early 1980's. Soils mapping units from the
Soil Conservation Service (SCS) of the USDA [now called the
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)] are included for
areas where land use has changed from or to cropland and pasture.
Collection Organization: ERS Survey.
Collection Methodology: Photointerpretation of over 21,000
sample points paired to two dates of photography for the early
1970s and the early 1980s.
Collection Frequency: 1970s only.
Update Characteristics: The dataset is no longer updated.
The data reside in 24 d-BASE III (.DBF) spreadsheets.
Data Center: Economic Research Service
Dissemination Media: Diskette, Internet gopher, Internet home
File Format: ASCII, Lotus/dBase
Access Instructions: Call NASS at 1-800-999-6779 for historical
series data available on diskette. For historical series data
available online, connect to the Internet home page at Cornell
Access to the data or reports may be achieved through the
ERS-NASS information system:
Gopher client: 'gopher://gopher.mannlib.cornell.edu:70/'
For subscription direct to an e-mail address, send an e-mail
message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Type the word "lists" (without quotes) in the body of the
Start Date: 1970-01-01Stop Date: 1979-12-31
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Quality Data distributed with this product may include both published and
unpublished statistics in the public domain. Distribution in this form
does not imply U.S. Department of Agriculture approval of a particular
data series or statistic, nor does the Department attest to their
accuracy. Moreover, the Economic Research Service makes no warranty
that data supplied in this form are either accurate transcriptions
from source materials or appropriate for a particular user purpose.
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: vesterby at econ.ag.gov
USDA Economic Research Service Natural Resources and Environment Division (NRED) 1301 New York Avenue, NW, Room 408C
Province or State: DC
Postal Code: 20005-4788
Vesterby, Marlow. 1988. Land Use Change in Fast-Growth Counties:
Analysis of Study Methods. Staff Report No. AGES880510. Economic
Research Service, USDA.
Vesterby, M., Heimlich, R.E., and Krupa, K.S. 1994. Urbanization
of Rural Land in the United States. AER-673. Washingto, DC :
Economic Research Service, USDA.
Several USDA/ERS reports, journal articles, and other reports.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-09-15
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-01-27