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Out of the Penalty Box: Protecting the Environment through Policies

This article is from Issue Investi-gator (Northern Research Station) - Vol. 1 No. 1.

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Over the next 25 to 45 years, scientists think the Nation’s population will double. As the population increases, cities, suburbs, and towns use more and more land. In order to keep some open space, the government makes environmental policies that everyone must follow. The scientists in this study wanted to answer two questions. The first question is: What are the characteristics of the policies that have been used to manage urban growth and protect open space? The second question is: Which of these types of policies has been most effective?

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"Science Topics" covered in this article:
  • Life Science
  • People and Science

"Environmental Topics" covered in this article:
  • Forest and Grassland Use (Educators)
  • Growing and Using Trees and Other Plants (Students)
  • Importance of Forest to People (Students)
  • Protecting Trees and Other Plants (Students)
  • The Value of Forests and Grasslands (Educators)
  • Using Forests (Students)

Regions covered in this article:
  • Alaska
  • Forest Products Lab
  • Intermountain
  • International Institute of Tropical Forestry
  • Northern
  • Pacific Northwest
  • Pacific Southwest
  • Rocky Mountain
  • Southern
  • Southwestern

Specific "Thinking About Science" Themes:
  • Characteristics of Scientists
  • The Scientific Process

Specific "Thinking About the Environment" Themes:
  • Human impact on natural resources and other living things

Forest Service Stations covered in this article:
  • Northern Research Station

NSE Standards covered in this article:
  • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry (A)
  • Understandings about scientific inquiry (A)