Georgia’s Private Forests Produce $37 Billion in Ecosystem Services

A report released by the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources estimated the indirect economic of Georgia’s private forests to be $37 billion. The authors of the study presented the finding on the capitol steps in a presentation attended by Governor Nathan Deal.

The Study measured ecosystem services by six categories: gas and climate regulation; water quantity and quality; soil formation and stability; pollination; wildlife habitats; and aesthetic, cultural and passive use. The economic benefits are in addition to timber, recreation and forest products making the total economic benefit much higher.

The study can be read here

– Jeremy Cherson

Jeremy Cherson is an Environmental Policy student at American University and an intern at The Wilderness Society. He is a contributor every Tuesday.

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