Commentary by Fritz Steiner Robert Yaro

A Land and Resources Conservation Agenda for the U.S.

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By Frederick Steiner University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and Robert Yaro, Regional Plan Association

This paper outlines strategies for identifying and protecting the large landscapes that represent the nation's natural, scenic, and historic heritage, beginning with a review of past efforts, and proceeding to suggestions for establishing national priorities for preservation. These strategies are needed in face of estimates that the U.S. will develop more land in the next four decades than we have in the past four centuries. Across the country, national parks are being damaged by over-use and under-maintenance, while some of the most productive agricultural lands in and near metropolitan areas are being fragmented by large lot subdivisions.

This paper is part of a series prepared by America 2050 for the Rockefeller Foundation Global Urban Summit in July 2007.