Decreased development on forest and farmland partly due to gas prices, study finds | New

A new study has found a sharp decline in forest and farmland development from 2000 to 2015 compared to the previous two decades, leading to a general shift toward denser development patterns across the United States. The main culprit was rising gas prices.

Researchers from Oregon State University, Montana State University and the US Forest Service have found that falling gas prices and, to a lesser extent, rising income levels, have driven land development from 1982 to 2000.

Amalia H. Mercado