Statewide urban development marginally increased since 1998-2000, but continued its inland encroachment. The San Joaquin Valley’s urbanization rate increased more than 75% in 2000-2002.
Urban land expanded by 92,750 acres during the 2002 mapping cycle, with nearly 25% occurring in the San Joaquin Valley. The inland empire counties (Riverside and San Bernardino) and the six-county Sacramento metropolitan area accounted for 22% and 14%, respectively, of the statewide total. Land idling, ecological restoration, rural residential development, and mining operations also effected downward pressure on the agricultural total. Partially countering the decreases were new orchard plantings in foothill areas and a resurgence of carrot and potato cropping in the Antelope Valley (Los Angeles County). The net decrease in irrigated farmland, 53,963 acres, was dominated by losses to Prime Farmland (47,172 acres) during the two-year period.
Complete report (large PDF file, version 6.0--1.5 mb)
Report split and compressed to facilitate download --
Introductory Materials (135 kb): Acknowledgements; Table of Contents; Executive Summary
Main Report--two files: The Program; 2000-2002 Improvements; Understanding the Data (484kb) and Land Use Conversion, 2000-2002 (359 kb)
Appendix A (359 kb): County Conversion Tables*
Appendices B, C, and D (219 kb): 2000 and 2002 County Acreage Tallies; County and Regional Conversion Summaries; Farmland of Local Importance Definitions
* Report tables are in PDF format--Excel 2000 versions of the same tables are also available for download.
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