CitationHenderson, Bonnie M. & Walsh, Stephen J. (1995). "Plowed, Paved, or in Succession": Land-cover Change on the North Carolina Piedmont. Southeastern Geographer, 35(2), 132-49.
AbstractThe landscape of the North Carolina piedmont is a patchy mosaic of forests, fields, farmland, and urban areas that reflects past and present land-use patterns. This study uses historical aerial photographs and spatial analysis to examine land-cover change in Orange County, North Carolina, between the years 1938, 1955, 1972, and 1982. Changes detected included a decrease in agricultural land and an increase in fragmentation; an increase in coniferous forest; an increase in deciduous forest and greater connectivity between patches; and an increase in urban area. The overall amount of edge declined, while the amount of farmland/forest edge grew. Fractal dimension decreased for the urban class. Indices of landscape pattern indicate that the study area became more diversified, less dominated by one or a few cover types, and less clustered – i.e., more fragmented – over the study period. Agricultural decline, secondary succession, and growing urbanization contributed to these changes, producing ecological consequences and policy implications.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleSoutheastern Geographer
Author(s)Henderson, Bonnie M.
Walsh, Stephen J.