Wildlife Habitat Benefits Toolkit
The Wildlife Habitat Benefits Toolkit can help answer questions like:
- What is the level of wildlife-associated recreation (hunting, fishing, wildlife watching) supported by an existing conservation/natural area, and what is the net economic benefit to participants of these activities?
- What is the expected increase in wildlife-associated recreation that would result from the creation or expansion of a conservation/natural area, and what is the net economic benefit to participants that is associated with this increase?
- Does the expansion of an existing conservation area or the creation of a new area generate net economic benefits for the region or for the United States as a whole?
- What is the expected reduction in wildlife-associated recreation that would result from a reduction in size or complete loss of a conservation/natural area, and what is the net economic loss to participants that is associated with this reduction?
- What is the share of residential property values that is attributable to existing surrounding natural open spaces?
- What is the expected impact of a proposed new or enlarged open space on the market value of surrounding residential properties?
- What would be the impact on the market values of nearby residential properties that would result from a reduction or loss of open space?
- What would be the impact on residential property values that would result from a change in the open space characteristics, for example, from agriculture to forest, or from unprotected to protected?
- What is the value of the ecosystem services provided by a terrestrial or aquatic area or a wetland? How would this value change as a result of changes in the types or quality of services provided, or as a result of a reduction or increase in size of the area?