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January 3, 2013 2:16 PM Subscribe
What will the next type of major land conversion in California be?
posted by agentofselection to Society & Culture (5 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
California has a short, but tumultuous history of land use. First, California's native grassland/wildflower fields were converted to annual grassland by seeds introduced by Spanish ranchers. Then, valley-bottom wetlands and grasslands were converted to field crops by draining and/or irrigating. Those same field crops were converted to orchard crops and urban development . Baylands were converted to urban development by dredging and filling. More recently, foothill grasslands and oak woodlands are being converted to suburban housing and vineyards.
These are all fairly large-scale habitat conversion trends in California. So, what's next? If someone wanted to predict the next conservation crisis in California, what emerging economic influence, technologic development, or social trend, should they have their eye on?
Is it deserts being levelled for solar farms? Or will vineyards and suburbs continue to be the biggest habitat destroyers for the coming 50 years? Or something else?