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As northern Nevada continues to grow and expand its urban core, one local scientist is looking to see what impacts that could have on wildlife.

Urban Sprawl Encroaching Nevada's Open Spaces

Jun 2, 2016

A new study that looks at land loss across the American West shows urban sprawl encroaching on Nevada's wide open spaces. 

Public lands make up about 80 percent of Nevada, but a new map shows just how much we humans have been spreading out over the last decade.

The findings come from researchers at the nonprofit Conservation Science Partners and funded by the Center for American Progress to track the decline of natural landscapes.

Nicole Gentile helped direct the project, called "The Disappearing West."