Driving Factors Associated With Fragmentation and Parcelization
in a Developing Michigan Landscape
Land Use is an important component of global change, yet the interdisciplinary nature of the interactions between different ecological, technological, social and economic drivers of land use remains to be eludicated. The land use/cover (LULC) system by nature is highly complex and only through a multidisciplinary approach we can improve our current understanding of the system.
Tipping Point Analysis and Projection
The Tipping Point web page provides county level maps and trends of Michigan's changing landscape to evaluate the inflection point where the transformation from one land use state to another results in a transition of an industry or ecosystem form one sytem state to another.
Picture Michigan Tomorrow Land Use Change Drivers Interactive Map Server
The PMT Community Land Use Change Drivers website presents a statewide view of some of the key variables that impact land use change. Users can visually see various information at the community level on a statewide view. Users can also bring up reports on specific communities and find which variables can be used to predict the communities future land use. Information gathered for the PMT framework and presented in the reports includes the social, economic, and environmental drivers within the states’ communities.
Michigan Aerial Imagery Partnership
The Michigan Aerial Imagery Partnership (MAIP) — a partnership of seven state agencies and the MSU Land Policy Institute and Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services - was recently established to acquire critical statewide aerial imagery for the first updating of statewide land cover/land use data since 1978. As a result of MSU Land Policy Institute and Remote Sensing and GIS Research and Outreach Services leadership and extensive cooperation among state agencies, local and state planners and decision makers will soon have access to current statewide aerial imagery for the first time in nearly a decade. Responding to urgent needs from across the state, the MSU Land Policy Institute successfully brokered a $1.2 million deal on behalf of the Partnership with the U.S. Farm Service Agency's National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP). The deal for acquisition of statewide imagery is funded by $800,000 in federal contributions from U.S. Farm Service Agency, U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, and U.S. Forest Service and $400,000 from six state agencies and MSU.
The Role of Corporate Timberland Ownership Change in Land Use, Conservation,
and Local Prosperity in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
The project proposes a combination of applied research and new
analysis to answer a central question of land use in Michigan's Upper
Peninsula: how will changes in ownership of corporate timberland affect
wildlife habitat, public access, and the economy? This issue was brought
to light in the 2001 Michigan Land Resource Project (MLRP) report that
stated that "the diminishing of the forest base through fragmentation
of ownership is a major issue for the future" (MLRP, page 113). The
analysis will then be combined with an assessment of local and state
regulatory capacity, market-based tools, and case studies of innovative
approaches to regional timberland management to derive recommendations
for changes in policy and behaviors that can reduce negative impacts.
The scope of work is divided into three distinct phases: 1) research
and analysis; 2) report production; and 3) outreach. Each phase, with
timeline, and estimated cost is described in detail below. The principal
institution is indicated as follows: NWF (National Wildlife Federation),
KCF (Keweenaw Community Foundation), MEC (Michigan Environmental Council),
MTU (Michigan Tech. University), and MSU (Michigan State University).