Conservation economics

Scaling a wall face at Torode Pit, Jacobs Mountain

The Trust for Public Land conducted an economic analysis of the return on Alabama’s investment in land conservation through the Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust Program. As detailed in this report, we found that every public $1 invested in land conservation returned $5 in natural goods and services to the state. In addition, land conservation funded by Alabama supports key industries that depend on the availability of high-quality protected land and water.

Mountain biking in the Colorado winter

The public park and recreation system in Colorado Springs provides substantial economic benefits to the community’s residents. Colorado Springs’ parks, trails, open spaces, and facilities are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. These amenities are a fundamental component of the community and culture of Colorado Springs. The following study reveals just how much economic value these parks, trails, open spaces, and facilities contribute in economic benefits.

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From the standoff at Malheur Wildlife Refuge to the debate over Bears Ears National Monument, conflicts over use of public lands often raise questions about the role these places play in the economy. It’s not only industries like...

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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. That means that in one day, voters like you created $6.3 billion for land...

Exploring the edge of a salt marsh on Chesapeake Bay.

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. Lands conserved in Virginia provide a host of benefits that have a measurable economic...

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. 

 

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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.

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