2012 National Resources Inventory

The National Resources Inventory (NRI) program collects and produces scientifically credible information on the status, condition, and trends of land, soil, water, and related resources on the Nation’s non-federal lands in support of efforts to protect, restore, and enhance the lands and waters of the United States.
1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 4,867,400 3,539,100 1,824,500 24,498,500
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 937,815,600 926,494,400 918,305,300 971,232,700
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 271,816,400 267,502,300 264,112,000 281,483,300
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 4,062,400 2,718,200 1,406,700 17,705,200
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) 253,700 215,900 137,300 1,177,100
Total surface area (acres) 1,944,142,600 1,944,142,600 1,944,142,600 1,944,142,600
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