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    Urban Sprawl

    In just ten years, the town of Antioch (Bay Area) has grown from 62,200 to 90,500 residents, and is expected to reach 120,000 by 2025, according to research by the Greenbelt Alliance. But at what cost? On this week's show, join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network with experts from Washington D.C. and Washington state, as we explore the true costs of sprawl development.

    This Week's Guests:

    Bob Rose — Executive Director, Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland

    Executive Director Bob Rose has served full-time for Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland since 1995. From 1982 – 1993 he served as Special Assistant to Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Brian Boyle. His project management in natural resources planning efforts during that period included Tiger Mountain State Forest, San Juan Islands Trust Land Management Plan, and Chair of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Concept Plan Task Force. His portfolio also included creation and implementation of the Park Land Transfer Program and the Natural Resources Conservation Areas legislation, protecting over 100,000 acres of forest, mountain land, wetlands and islands, including Cypress Island and Mount Si. Bob holds a Masters in Urban Planning and Resource Management from the University of Washington (All College Honors -1983); a Masters in English from SUNY Buffalo; and a BA from Tufts University. He taught Forest Policy at the UW in 1990 and 1991, and owned and operated Skagit Rose Farms east of La Conner (1992-2004).

    Julia Freedgood — Director, American Farmland Trust's Technical Assistance Division

    Julia Freedgood is the director of the Technical Assistance Services Division at American Farmland Trust (AFT). She oversees AFT's technical assistance services, professional development programs, and Farmland Information Center (FIC)—a public/private partnership between AFT and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service.

    Prior to becoming the director in 1998, Freedgood worked for nine years on AFT's national technical education and outreach programs and the Northeast region's public education programs. Freedgood has been project manager, writer and editor of various farmland conservation brochures and publications. She produced the critically acclaimed AFT video documentary "Farmland Forever" and is the author of numerous published articles on agriculture and farmland protection.

    Ben Alexander — Associate Director of the SocioEconomics Program at the Sonoran Institute

    Associate Director of the SocioEconomics Program at the Sonoran Institute and works out of the Institute's office in Bozeman, Montana. Ben holds a B.A. in History from Tufts University and an M.A. and M.Phil. in American Studies from Yale University. Ben’s most recent publications are The New Frontiers of Ranching: Business Diversification and Land Stewardship (Sonoran Institute, 2000); “Development by Default, Not Design: Yellowstone National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem” in National Parks and Rural Development (Island Press, 2000); and “Saving the Family Ranch: New Direction” in Ranching West of the 100th Meridian: Culture Ecology, and Economics (Island Press, 2002).

    More information:

  • Greenbelt Alliance
  • Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland
  • American Farmland Trust
  • Sonoran Institute

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