Causes and Consequences of Land Cover Change in a Greater Ecosystem:
Trend and Risk Assessment, Monitoring, and Outreach

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) is probably typical of many greater ecosystems surrounding nature reserves. Abiotic factors result in biodiversity and intense human land use overlapping on private lands outside of nature reserves. Thus, these reserves, typically thought of as refugia for biodiversity, may be insufficient for maintaining native species. The goal of this study is to better understand these linkages between biodiversity and land use. Hopefully, with this knowledge, decision makers can find ways to better sustain both native species and the growing human community in the GYE.