Analysis of Forest Persistence Study!

Just published an hour ago:  Our recent study of forest persistence in the Charlotte Metro region (open access!  Free for everyone!).  With colleagues at UNC-Charlotte and NC State, we looked into why certain areas of forest continue to remain in urbanizing areas when they would likely be much more valuable as developed real estate.

Our analysis revealed that woodland owners’ willingness to sell is characterized by nonlinear and interactive factors, including sense of place values regarding the retention of native vegetation, the size of forest holdings, their connectedness to nature, ‘pressure’ from surrounding development, and behavioral patterns, such as how often landowners visit their land. We hope that understanding the interplay between tax and land use policies (i.e. incentives to retain forests) and landowner behavior can help resource managers to better manage and promote forest persistence. It’s clear from this study that given the Charlotte region’s relative lack of effective policy tools to manage the type and amount of development (we point out problems with the State’s Present Use Valuation program,  which decreased taxes for urban working lands), the mosaic of land cover the region currently enjoys is far from stable.

Air Quality Analysis of Atlanta’s Hartfield-Jackson Airport Published

Our analyiss, led by my former student Jeff Rissman, and fellow faculty Jason West (Asst. Prof. UNC Environmental Science and Engineering) and Sarav Arunachalam (UNC Institute for the Environment), looked at the 2.5 micron particulate matter pollution at the largest airport in the world.  Take a look! 

Environmental Law article Published

A Comprehensive Solution to the Biofouling Problem for the Endangered Florida Manatee and Other Species,” written with fantastic my former MCRP/Law student Kathleen Oppenheimer (Berkey), has just been published in Environmental Law, the environmental law journal published by Lewis and Clark Law School.  We detail a series of steps to address marine bio-fouling using different facets of American law.  We also identify a new avenue for the use of conservation banking and environmental markets for species protection.

Environmental law, like most law journals, is open access – so anyone can read our article!