Campus Units

Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Conference

Proceedings of the Third Biennial Conference on the Conservation of America’s Grasslands

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2016

Journal or Book Title

America’s Grasslands Conference: Partnerships for Grassland Conservation

First Page

111

Last Page

113

Conference Title

Proceedings of the Third Biennial Conference on the Conservation of America’s Grasslands

Conference Date

September 29 - October 1, 2015

City

Fort Collins, CO

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to better understand the role that ethanol plants have had in land use changes that have occurred in North and South Dakota over the past decade. Many recent studies have found that large areas of grasslands have converted to crop-based production systems, especially corn and soybeans, after 2006. A net of 271,000 hectares of grasslands were estimated to have been converted for cropping during 2006-’11 (Wright and Wimberley, 2013), almost seven times the 36,450 hectares grasslands estimated to have been converted during 1980-2003 (Stephens et al. 2008). Johnston (2014) has concluded that the combined acreage of corn and soybeans tripled between 1980 and 2011. Lark et al. (2015) shows evidence that the Dakotas have experienced the greatest increase in new cultivated land among all areas east of the Missouri River during 2008-’12.

Comments

This proceeding is published as Arora, Gaurav, Wolter, Peter T., Hennessy, D.A., and Hongli Feng. “Role of ethanol plants in Dakotas’ land use change: Analysis using remotely sensed data.” Pages 111-113 in (L. Knuffman, ed.) 2016. America’s Grasslands Conference: Partnerships for Grassland Conservation. Proceedings of the 3rd Biennial Conference on the Conservation of America’s Grasslands. September 29-October 1, 2015, Fort Collins, CO. Washington, DC: National Wildlife Federation.

Copyright Owner

The National Wildlife Federation

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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