A framework for the determination of the suitability of undeveloped land in the intermountain west for use as cropland Public Deposited

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  • The "Framework for Determining the Suitability of Undeveloped Land for Use as Cropland" is a decision-making format to assist private and governmental agency decision makers in categorizing undeveloped lands, which have been identified as having potential for conversion to cropland, as to their suitability for use as cropland. The Framework guides the decision maker in a step-by-step process to identify and inventory relevant data, then collate these data into quantified criteria to be used in classifying a site's suitability for cropland. Five classes of suitability, including an "unsuitable class," are identified. At present no such framework exists to guide this process. The research need was identified and the dissertation developed over a period of years in which the author participated in and reviewed several decision processes involving the conversion of undeveloped land to cropland. The dissertation focuses on the Intermountain West due to its potential to provide new cropland. However, the Framework may have more universal application. The dissertation includes a review and discussion of existing methodologies relevant to the problem, and of pertinent literature. An appendix demonstrating the use of the Framework in an actual study of a Desert Land Entry Proposal is included.
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