Virginia's Return on Investment in Land Conservation

Exploring the edge of a salt marsh on Chesapeake Bay.Exploring the edge of a salt marsh on Chesapeake Bay.Photo credit: David Harp

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 value to the commonwealth and its communities. They include natural goods and services such as water quality protection, air pollution removal, wildlife habitat, and carbon sequestration.

The study found that for every public $1 invested in land conservation, $4 in natural goods and services is returned to the Commonwealth of Virginia.