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Going, Going, Gone: The impact of land fragmentation
on Texas agriculture and wildlife

Fragmentation data in graphic form

Map of Texas counties — Top 10 percent of Texas counties experiencing rural land fragmentation: The consequences of fragmentation can be seen in the eastern half of Texas and on the outskirts of just about any major city. Fragmentation is starting to eat away at large ownerships even in the Trans Pecos and South Texas.

  • Table 1 used to create the map: Top 10% of Texas counties ranked by fragmentation rate
  • Table 2 used to create the map: Top 10% of Texas counties ranked by percent increase in nonagricultural value
  • Table 3 used to create the map: Top 10% of Texas counties ranked by loss of farm and ranch lands, 1992-2001

Bar chart — The range and number of mid-sized ranches lost in the last decade. Our mid-sized ranches are disappearing.

Map graphic — The gap between agricultural and market values is widening: An increase in the value of land for development or recreation (“nonagricultural land value”) was found to be an early indicator that the size of the average farm or ranch property.

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