Ecosystem Services - The Benefits to People

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Ecosystem Services - The Benefits to People

Looking at ecosystem services allows us to draw a connection between conservation and development by relating the health of the environment to human health, security and the material and spiritual goods that are necessary for well-being.

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Ecosystem services are the valuable outputs of healthy ecosystems. These services are critical to the wellbeing of the American public. Some of these benefits are enjoyed directly by individuals and communities, and their contribution is more easily understood. People use wood products and energy every day. Recreational opportunities are a benefit Americans realize from their national forest lands. Other vital benefits are less apparent in our daily lives, but are very important because they support the ecosystems in which we live. Water filtration, carbon sequestration and fire resiliency are some of these many benefits forests provide, but which may not be as obvious.

 

By including ecosystem services as a defining concept in the process of forest management, we are ensuring that we are considering the complete value of forests to peoples’ lives and that we are not stopping at the forest boundary when considering alternatives for the management of these services and when understanding the consequences of our choices.

 

Please join in the discussion, share your thoughts and ask questions about what ecosystem services mean to forest planning.  None of us has all the answers, but together we can start to come up with some solutions.

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Ecosystem Services Assessment Topic Paper Now Available on Living Assessment

Started by Mark Metcalfe. Last reply by Mark Metcalfe Jan 25, 2013. 3 Replies

The ecosystem services assessment topic paper is now available on the Living Assessment wiki site. You can access this wiki site…Continue

What ecosystem services are important to you?

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Ecosystem services are the valuable outputs of healthy ecosystems and these services are critical to the wellbeing of us all. Some of the benefits provided by ecosystem services are enjoyed directly…Continue

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