Bioregional planning in central Georgia, USA

Abstract

Human influences in the five-county region around Fort Benning, Georgia, USA, have been long and intense. Only 4% of the native longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) forest remains intact. Besides the loss of species, habitats, and ecosystem services associated with longleaf pine forests, the environmental concerns of the region include air,water, andnoise pollution.Themixoffederal andprivate ownership in this region leads to complicated land-management issues that will likely become even more difficult as the city of Columbus continues its projected growth along the northern border of Fort Benning. To understand how anthropogenic developments affect the environment, we are developing a Regional Simulator (RSim) to project future developments and their impacts on environmental conditions. Using RSim, we can identify the potential effects of growth on noise and air pollution, water-borne nutrients, and habitats for focal species. Noise impacts are already large in the areas of current and projected urban growth for the region.This knowledgeof potential futures allowsoptions for environmental protection to be considered. A key lesson from this analysis is that regional simulationmodels are a cost-effectiveway to assess the long-term environmental implications of anthropogenic growth and development. Published by Elsevier Ltd. Futures 38 (2006) 471–489 www.elsevier.com/locate/futures 0016-3287/$ see front matter Published by Elsevier Ltd. doi:10.1016/j.futures.2005.07.013 * Corresponding author. Tel.: C1 865 576 8043; fax: C1 865 576 8543. E-mail address: dalevh@ornl.gov (V. Dale). Report Documentation Page Form Approved OMB No. 0704-0188 Public reporting burden for the collection of information is estimated to average 1 hour per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to Washington Headquarters Services, Directorate for Information Operations and Reports, 1215 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 1204, Arlington VA 22202-4302. Respondents should be aware that notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be subject to a penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if it does not display a currently valid OMB control number. 1. REPORT DATE 02 NOV 2005 2. REPORT TYPE 3. DATES COVERED 00-00-2005 to 00-00-2005 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Bioregional Planning in Central Georgia, USA 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER

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@inproceedings{Dale2008BioregionalPI, title={Bioregional planning in central Georgia, USA}, author={Virginia H. Dale and M. L. Aldridge and Taryn Arthur and L N Guptha Munugoor Baskaran and Michael Berry and Michael Chang and Rebecca A. Efroymson and Chuck Garten and Catherine H. Stewart and Robert A. Washington-Allen}, year={2008} }