Conservation economics

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Diane Regas, President and CEO of The Trust for Public Land, today issued the following statement regarding legislation marked up in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Press release

A study released today by The Trust for Public Land in cooperation with fellow members of the Vermont Forest Partnership, quantitatively demonstrates that Vermonters benefit from the state's investment in land conservation, which generates measurable economic returns. Conserved lands provide valuable natural goods and services such as water quality protection, flood prevention, food production, wildlife habitat, and air pollution removal – all important to Vermont's economy and jobs.

Public park and trail systems are a valuable component of healthy cities. Cleveland Metroparks commissioned a study of the economic benefits of the Park District’s amenities in 2013, which showed that the district’s reservations and trails provided significant economic benefits to the local community—generating hundreds of millions of dollars in economic benefits each year.

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Rick Alger moved to the small New Hampshire town of Milan in 1964. He came for a job, but on weekends and summers he plied the trade that has sustained communities in the northern part of the state for generations: harvesting timber. Alger worked a few seasons alongside heavy machinery, but he...

Photo of people riding bikes on Spanish Moss Trail

The parks, trails, and conserved open spaces in Beaufort County, South Carolina, provide substantial economic benefits to the community's residents.

Photo of Mill Creek Ranch

In Colorado, profits from the sale of lottery products are distributed to Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), the Conservation Trust Fund (CTF), and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). Coloradans have long known that their investment in these programs is a valuable component of healthy communities, but this value has never before been quantified.

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The Trust for Public Land today announced that Shelby Semmes has rejoined the national parks and conservation nonprofit as Vermont/New Hampshire State Program Director, overseeing programmatic and philanthropic activity in New Hampshire and Vermont. The organization's active program in the two states includes long-standing partnerships to establish community-owned forests, conserve land for trails and recreation, and set aside environmentally sensitive natural lands, including in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Green Mountains of Vermont and within the Appalachian Trail landscape.

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We urge the Senate to continue its work and ensure that the Land and Water Conservation Fund is permanently reauthorized.

Our public lands not only make our communities healthier and happier, but are also a driver of economic growth across the country - and today’s action in the U.S. Senate is a big step forward to providing access to public lands for hunters, fishermen, hikers, bikers, birders and all those who love the outdoors.

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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