Essay: Population Growth in Sierra California
Just like many other places in the world, land use in Sierra, California is under pressure due to population growth. Many analysts have come up with proposals to the government aiming at adjusting the current land use formats in order to match the current trends of population growth in California in general, a fact that obviously affects Sierra in the same fashion (Pincetl, 2003, p. 14). It is estimated that the total population of California is going to grow from the current 37 million to about 50 million.
This figure although arbitrarily fixed, the current trends of population growth generally reflects at it possibility. This kind of growth will literally imply that 1.6% of total farmland which stands at 40,000 square miles will be consumed incase the new population opts for high density settlement of about 20,000 people per square mile(Aspinall & Michael, 2008, p. 34). Sierra being an agricultural are, much of this effect is going to affect it largely. Much of agricultural land is going to be lost on settlements thus reducing agricultural productivity of this region.