Goal: Deliver Benefits to the Public Forests enhance the economic value of water resource ecosystem services
SRS scientists Tom Holmes and James M. Vose, and RMRS scientist Travis Warziniak describe how changes in forest cover alter the provision of water resource ecosystem services and how the economic value of these services can be estimated.
Forest vegetation is a valuable source of natural capital and the provision of water quantity and quality are among the most important forest ecosystem services in many regions around the world. The contribution of forest cover to water resource ecosystem services and human well-being is often ignored or under-represented in land use decision-making. Ecosystem service valuation methods integrate biophysical with economic models to provide coherent information on the consequences of land use change on water resources and human welfare. A detailed description of the steps to be followed in conducting large-scale (e.g., statewide) ecosystem valuation assessments of water resources associated with forest landscapes is provided along with the general concepts that guide ecosystem service valuations.
- Principal Investigator
- Thomas Holmes, Research Forester
- 4804 - Forest Economics and Policy
- Strategic Program Area
- Resource Management and Use
- Water, Air, and Soil
- Forest Ecosystem services: Water resources
- Research Partners
- James M. Vose, Project Leader
- Travis Warziniak, Research Economist, Rocky Mountain Research Station
- External Partner
- Bill Holman, The Conservation Fund, Chapel Hill, NC