Relationships between people and their environment are largely defined by land use. Space and soil are needed for native plants and wildlife, as well as for crops used for food, feed, fiber, wood products and biofuel (liquid fuel derived from plant material). People also use land for homes, schools, jobs, transportation, mining and recreation. Social and economic forces influence the allocation of land to various uses. The
recent increase in biofuel production offers the opportunity to design ways to select locations and management plans that are best suited to meet human needs while also protecting natural biodiversity (the variation of life within an ecosystem, biome or the entire Earth).

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Contact Person: 
Virginia Dale
Contact Organization: 
Center for BioEnergy Sustainability, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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Author: 
Virginia H. Dale
Publication Year: 
2009
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