Economic Impacts of Ecosystem Restoration

Short Description


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


Case Study MapWhile the full report is available to download, the Economic Impacts of Ecosystem Resoration website allows users to click through related case studies and filter by restoration type.

Related Partners

The BLM is responsible for carrying out a variety of programs for the management and conservation, of resources on 258 million surface acres, as well as 700 million acres of subsurface mineral estate.
Most people know that the National Park Service cares for national parks, a network of nearly 400 natural, cultural and recreational sites across the nation. The treasures in this system -- the first of its kind in the world -- have been set aside by the American people to preserve, protect, and share, the legacies of this land.
The Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to manage and monitor the conservation of wildlife habitats throughout the United States. This includes the direct management of the National Wildlife Refuge System for the wellfare of all American people, and using social science in the decision making process and utilization of management plans.
The USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.

Suggested Citation

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.