Alabama’s Return on Investment in Forever Wild

Scaling a wall face at Torode Pit, Jacobs MountainPhoto credit: Alan Cressler

Since its inception in 1992, Alabama’s Forever Wild Land Trust Program (Forever Wild) has been the only state fund in Alabama dedicated to land conservation. The Trust for Public Land conducted an economic analysis to determine the return on investment for the lands acquired through this program.

Our analysis demonstrates that land conserved in Alabama provides measurable economic value by supplying natural goods and services. In fact, every public $1 invested in land conservation through Forever Wild returned $5 in natural goods and services to the state. This includes benefits such as wildlife habitat, flood control, and water Alabama’s Return on Investment in Forever Wild quality protection that might otherwise require expensive public investments.