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Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Wayne C. Zipperer
Publication Date: 2003

The wildland-urban interface is a zone of rapid land use change. Through planning, urban effects can be minimized so that ecosystem goods and services can still be utilized for this and future generations. The conservation of ecosystem goods and services must be a guiding principle when making land use decisions. Otherwise, the quality of goods and services will be significantly compromised. Similarly, natural disasters and their influence in shaping landscape patterns must be considered during the planning process. Without understanding how disturbances function over time, risk to both ecosystems and humans increase, and significant losses to ecosystems and human life and property may occur.

Citation: Zipperer, Wayne C. 2003. The wildland-urban interface: urban influences on forest ecosystems. In: Proceedings of the American Planning Association 2003 National Planning Conference; 2003 April 2, Denver, Colorado. Washington, DC: American Planning Association.

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  • ecosystem goods and services
  • land use
  • natural disturbance
  • urban effects
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