Conservation economics

Update—November 9, 2016: Americans voted overwhelmingly in support of parks this Election Day. Of the 86 park, conservation, and restoration measures that appeared on ballots across the country, 68 passed.

The Trust for Public Land conducted an economic analysis that quantifies and summarizes the significant economic benefits resulting from investments in state parks, natural areas, forests, and working lands.

The Trust for Public Land’s report Connecting and Strengthening Communities: The Economic Benefits of Great Rivers Greenway demonstrates the success of the network of greenways in generating social and economic benefits.

The report includes three analyses that provide a benchmark of Great Rivers Greenway’s success in meeting its objective of generating social and economic benefits. The first analysis provides an in-depth look at the network of greenways and the communities served to identify areas in need of additional greenway access. The second analysis looks at the extent to which completed greenways enhance the value of the residential properties that are located in proximity to these assets. The third analysis provides information on how the network of greenways enhances quality of life, attracts employees and employers, and improves economic opportunity.

The fact sheet summary highlights the three analyses that benchmark Great Rivers Greenway's accomplishments. 

 

A new report by the Trust for Public Land shows that the San José's park system of regional and neighborhood parks, trails, and community facilities generates millions of dollars in economic benefits.

San José, northern California’s largest city and home to many of Silicon Valley’s largest employers, has a large natural and developed park system that provides beauty, recreational opportunities, access to nature, and positive environmental impacts to residents, workers, and tourists alike.

The Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD) was established in 1955 and is the only special park district in Kansas. By providing park areas and access to an array of outdoor activities, JCPRD generates numerous economic benefits within the local community.

From San Francisco's first public park, Portsmouth Square, to the unparalleled experience of Golden Gate Park, the city's vast legacy of diverse parks has great economic value: an impressive $959 million a year.

Today The Trust for Public Land unveiled the findings of a new report entitled New Hampshire’s Return on Investment in Land Conservation. The report quantitatively demonstrates that state investment in land conservation has measurable economic value. Conserved lands provide natural goods and services such as water quality protection, wildlife habitat and air pollution removal - all important to New Hampshire’s strong economy and jobs.

The Trust for Public Land conducted an economic analysis of the return on New Hampshire’s investment in land conservation through a variety of state programs. This report presents a summary of the key findings and the benefits of open space investments in the state.

Every dollar Massachusetts spends on conservation returns $4 and supports jobs for hundreds of thousands of people, a study released Wednesday by The Trust for Public Land shows.

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