Economic Impacts of Ecosystem Restoration
The U.S. Geological Survey released a report on April 5, 2016, that evaluates the economic impacts associated with 21 Department of the Interior (DOI) restoration projects. Case study projects include restoration activities associated with Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) sites and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sagebrush and sage-grouse habitat restoration, fuels reduction and post-fire restoration projects. The report quantifies methods to provide economic impact analyses focused on the jobs and business activity generated through money spent on restoration activities. The research was a joint project among the USGS Social and Economic Analysis Branch, the DOI Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program, the DOI Office of Policy Analysis, and the BLM Socioeconomics Program. USGS concurrently released a companion website to display the case studies. The website was developed by the USGS Information Science Branch and displays data stored in ScienceBase. The website interface makes the restoration case studies accessible to a broad audience while the underlying ScienceBase database ensures long-term preservation of project data.
Format and Retrieval
Cullinane Thomas, Catherine; Huber, Christopher; Skrabis, Kristin; and Sidon, Joshua, 2016, Estimating the economic impacts of ecosystem restoration—Methods and case studies: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1016, 98 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161016.