By Amber Fisher
August 6, 2019
The United States is losing the equivalent of two football fields of natural land to development every minute, according to a new report commissioned by the Center for American Progress. The organization is urging policymakers to reverse the trend and take action.
Development in the country spread by more than 24 million acres from 2001 to 2017, the study shows. If national trend continues, a South Dakota-size expanse of forests, wetlands and wild places will disappear by 2050.
Matt Lee-Ashley, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, said a lot is at stake.
“The rapid loss of natural areas poses a threat to our clean air, drinking water, food supplies and the ability of our children to get outside,” Lee-Ashley said. “Nature is at the foundation of our economy, our health and our identity. And, in a warming world, we are increasingly dependent on healthy natural systems to protect us from the most damaging impacts of climate change.”