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2000 Nature in Fragments: The Legacy of Urban Sprawl

Urban sprawl is all around us - housing developments, strip malls, endless miles of roadway - and many people experience problems caused by unplanned development every day. But beyond the pollution, traffic jams, the destruction of community, and increasing tax burdens that result from sprawl, we have to consider the ecological and biological impacts.

Nature in Fragments: The Legacy of Urban Sprawl addressed the impact of sprawl on biodiversity. Scientists, resource managers, conservation biologists, and policy makers convened to explore how our post-war, auto-driven style of development has fragmented natural habitats and ecosystems, threatened species survival, and affected human health and well-being.

The symposium was co-sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation and the Wildlife Conservation Society's Metropolitan Conservation Alliance.