University of Wisconsin–Madison

SCO Publications

Parcelization in rural agricultural and forested landscapes in Wisconsin, 1972–2007

This study, published in the Journal of Land Use Science, examines the social, economic, geographic/biophysical, and regulatory factors underlying parcelization — the subdivision of large landholdings — in rural Wisconsin over a period of 35 years. Results paint a unique picture of the complex interplay of historic and contemporary parcelization drivers. Simple factors robustly explain parcelization in the earliest period examined, but in later time periods model fitness decreases, suggesting that the drivers of contemporary parcelization are more complex than in previous decades.

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