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Resource Pointer #229
January 27, 2000
For copies of the following resources, please contact the appropriate
publishers or organizations directly.
*California Farmland and Urban Pressures: Statewide and Regional
Perspectives, 1999* Albert G. Medvitz, Alvin D. Sokolow and Cathy Lemp, eds.
Papers on farmland conversion and protection on the urban edge in
California. Includes demographic and land conversion trends, farm-city edge
conflicts, state land use policies and the work of private land trusts. Plus
case studies from two Bay Area counties, the Central Valley, the northern
Sacramento Valley and Ventura. 207 pp. US$20. Contact Agricultural Issues
Center, Davis, CA 95616; phone (530) 752-2320; email firstname.lastname@example.org;
Web site http://aic.ucdavis.edu.
*Farewell, Promised Land: Waking from the California Dream, 1999* Robert
Dawson and Gray Brechin. Photographic documentation and text contrasting the
devastation of the Golden State with its mass media image. Traces the
destruction of California's natural and cultural resources, and briefly
describes efforts by environmental and community groups to fight back. 233
pp. US$35. Contact University of California Press, 2120 Berkeley Way,
Berkeley, CA; phone in U.S. (800) 777-4726, phone from outside U.S. (609)
883-1759; Web site http://www.ucpress.edu.
*Transforming California: A Political History of Land Use and Development,
1999* Stephanie Pincetl. Describes how transformation of nature for economic
development has driven California's recent history and shaped the evolution
of its political institutions, including the cozy relationships between
business and government. 372 pp. US$45. Contact Johns Hopkins University
Press, P.O. Box 50370, Baltimore, MD 21211; phone (800) 537-5487; Web site
*Under the Blade: The Conversion of Agricultural Landscapes, 1999* Richard
H. Olson and Thomas A. Lyson, eds. Provides guidance for those interested in
protecting farmland from urban development. Defines the problem of farmland
loss in the U.S. and discusses legal, economic, social and aesthetic aspects
of farmland protection. Includes 21 U.S. case studies. 459 pp. US$35.
Contact Westview Press, 5500 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301-2877; phone
(800) 386-5656; Web site http://www.perseusbooksgroup.com.
*USDA 1997 National Resources Inventory, 1999* Documents trends in land use,
soil erosion and other resource issues on non-federal lands in the United
States. Reveals that the rate of land conversion for development more than
doubled during the period 1992-1997 compared with the previous decade
(1982-1992). Tracks decline in prime farmland acreage. Free. Contact U.S.
Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, Room
0054-S, P.O. Box 2890, Washington, DC 20013; email Doug.Wilson@usda.gov; Web
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