New Mapping Project Documents Development of the American West

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Every 2 1/2 minutes a piece of Western land the size of a
football field is lost to human development, according to a
new project from the Center for American Progress and the
Conservation Science Partners. The study is part of a
collaborative project called "The Disappearing West," which
documents the shrinkage of natural public lands due to
human activities ranging from urban sprawl to logging and
agriculture. We'll discuss the report and the changing face of
the American West.


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Matt Lee-Ashley, senior fellow and director of public lands, Center for American Progress