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Data Mining - Spatial Revelations of Federal Public Lands Records

Authors: Connor Bailey*, The Wilderness Society
Topics: Land Use and Land Cover Change, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Political Geography
Keywords: Conservation Planning, Development, Federal Lands, Spatial tools in conservation
Session Type: Paper
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We understand where conservation successes have occurred on our landscapes with National Parks, Wilderness, National Wildlife Refuge designations, but we have very little understanding of the legal developments such as mining, oil and gas infrastructure, right-of-ways and other commercial and industrial uses on our landscapes. The Federal Land Use and Resource Transparency Tool (FLURTT) has been developed by The Wilderness Society to data mine the Bureau of Land Management's legal records of leasing of Federal Lands for development. With the completed dataset for the lower 48 States, a clearer picture of development on Federal Public lands can be understood and help to develop future conservation efforts into the future.

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