Wildlife Habitat Benefits Toolkit

Applications

The Wildlife Habitat Benefits Toolkit can help answer questions like:

  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. 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?
  5. What is the share of residential property values that is attributable to existing surrounding natural open spaces?
  6. What is the expected impact of a proposed new or enlarged open space on the market value of surrounding residential properties?
  7. What would be the impact on the market values of nearby residential properties that would result from a reduction or loss of open space?
  8. 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?
  9. 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?

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