2012-12: Resources Planning Act Assessment
US Department of Agriculture: Forest Service: Resources Planning Act Assessment: The 2010 Resources Planning Act (RPA) Assessment and subsequent updates summarizes findings about the status, trends, and projected future of forests, rangelands, wildlife, biodiversity, water, outdoor recreation, and urban forests, as well as the effects of climate change upon these resources. Varying assumptions about population and economic growth, land use change, and global climate change from 2010 to 2060 largely influence the outlook for U.S. renewable resources. The key themes from the 2010 RPA Assessment remain relevant. Land development, climate change, and natural disturbances continue to influence the extent, pattern, and conditions of forest and rangeland ecosystems. The interaction of socioeconomic and biophysical drivers affects the productivity of forest and rangeland ecosystems and their ability to meet increasing demands for goods and services. These effects vary regionally and locally, requiring flexible adaptation and management strategies.
» » 18 Dec 2012: U.S. Forest Service Predicts a Strain on Natural Resources Due to Rapid Population Growth: U.S. Forest Service report outlines how a growing population and increased urbanization in the next 50 years will drain the nation’s natural resources including water supplies, open space, and forests.