Protected area, easement, and rental contract data reveal five communities of land protection in the United States

Heather Bird Jackson, Kailin Kroetz, James Sanchirico, Alexandra Thompson & Paul Armsworth
Land protection efforts represent large societal investments and are critical to biodiversity conservation. Land protection involves a complex mosaic of areas managed by multiple organizations, using a variety of mechanisms to achieve different levels of protection. We develop an approach to synthesize, describe, and map this land protection diversity over large spatial scales. We use cluster analysis to find distinct “communities” of land protection based on the organizations involved, the strictness of land protection, and...
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