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Estimating the contribution of forests to the economic value of water resource ecosystem services

Photo of Forests protect and enhance multiple values of water resources. 34535243073_1f4737e4b3_o.jpg

 Forests protect and enhance multiple values of water resources. 34535243073_1f4737e4b3_o.jpg  Snapshot : Forest vegetation is a valuable source of natural capital. Changes in forest cover could affect water resources. This study describes how to estimate the ecosystem service values of water resources from forest landscapes.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Holmes, Thomas P. 
Research Station : Southern Research Station (SRS)
Year : 2018
Highlight ID : 1469


Water is among the most important forest ecosystem services in many regions around the world. The contribution of forest cover to water resource ecosystem services and human well-being is often ignored or under-represented in land use decision-making. Ecosystem service valuation methods integrate biophysical and economic models to provide coherent information on the consequences of land use change on water resources and human welfare. A detailed description of the steps to be followed in conducting statewide ecosystem valuation assessments of water resources associated with forest landscapes is provided along with the general concepts that guide ecosystem service valuations.   

Additional Resources

Forest Ecosystem services: Water resources(publication)

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Jim Vose, Southern Research Station
  • Travis Warziniak, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 
  • Bill Holman, The Conservation Fund, Chapel Hill, NC