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Return on Investment Reports
Return on Investment Reports

Measuring economic return from conservation through natural goods and services, such as improved drinking water quality, outdoor recreation access, and improved wildlife habitat

Case Studies
Case Studies

Revealing the economic benefits of specific conservation projects and programs, and ways that outdoor recreation has ripple effects on the economy

Literature Reviews
Literature Reviews

Analyzing and summarizing existing economic data and reports to support conservation, outdoor recreation, and nature-based solutions

Fact Sheets
Fact Sheets

Summarizing economic benefits of parks, trails, and greenspace, available for individual projects or comprehensive programs

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Recent Economic Benefits Studies
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The Economic Benefits of Parks in New York City

New York City has an extensive park system that residents visit 527 million times per year, with 99 percent of residents living within a 10-minute walk to a park. TPL’s report found that parks in NYC provide $9.1 billion in recreational value for residents alone, and the residents who exercise in the parks exclusively avoid more than a billion dollars each year in health care costs. Parks are an iconic part of the urban landscape in NYC, drawing $17.9 billion in tourism spending from people who visit parks in the City when traveling. For more results and information on the benefits TPL quantified, visit The Economic Benefits of Parks in New York City.

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Vermont’s Return on Investment in Land Conservation

Trust for Public Land conducted a return on investment study for the State of Vermont in 2018. The study found that every $1 invested in land conservation by the state returns $9 in economic value in natural goods and services, such as water quality protection, flood mitigation, and food production, to the Vermont economy.

State investment in land conservation also supports critical industries in Vermont that depend on the availability of high-quality protected land and water such as forestry, farming, outdoor recreation, and tourism. Conservation investments support jobs in these important industries and reinforce Vermonters’ strong sense of place. For more results and information on this analysis, visit Vermont’s Return on Investment in Land Conservation.

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