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Helpful Documents

Land & Water: A Quantitative Analysis of Land Conservation’s Impact on Water in Colorado – From the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts

ESA Pamphlet – A short document from the Ecological Society of America briefly introducing the concept of ecosystem services.

Ecosystem Services – An essay from The Nature Conservancy and a professor at the University of Washington discussing valuation of ecosystem services.

Conservation Learning Exchange – An introduction to the concept of ecosystem services, including links to scientific assessment tools and program development resources.

Ecosystem Services: Benefits Supplied to Human Societies by Natural Ecosystems – A paper discussing types of ecosystem services.

Texas Landowner Perceptions Regarding Ecosystem Services – An academic paper analyzing a survey of landowners in the Western Edwards Aquifer area.

Private Lands, Public Benefits – A report on incentives for the stewardship of Texas agricultural lands from the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources and the American Farmland Trust, which discusses the ecosystem services of agricultural land.

Ecosystem Services Guide – A guide for public and private decision makers produced by the World Resources Institute, which discusses risk assessment and policy development.

Helpful Links

Ecosystem Services- Learning to Leverage Natural Capital – Article by Frederick Steiner on the importance of ecosystem services in central Texas.

Characterization of the Central Texas Ecosystem – Information about the Hill Country ecosystem from the Forest Encyclopedia Network.

Ecosystem Valuation – An overview of the connection between economics and ecosystems.

EPA Ecosystem Services Research – The EPA’s program to develop research that will allow us to properly evaluate the benefits of ecosystems.

Forest Service – Information on ecosystem services from the U.S. Forest Service.

TEEB Home – Information on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), a major international initiative designed to increase awareness of the significant value of biodiversity and ecosystem functions.

The Natural Value Initiative – An international partnership focusing on the private sector that works to educate companies in the food, beverage, energy and mining sectors about the importance of ecosystem services.

ARIES Interactive Map – An interactive map with information on ecosystem evaluation projects across the globe.

PNAS Ecosystem Services Special Feature – A special issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal featuring several articles about ecosystem services science and program development.

Texas A&M Forest Service – An introduction into the sustainable management of Texas forests for renewable timber resources.

Ecosystem Marketplace – A website dedicated to making science, market, regulatory and finance information available for the promotion of ecosystem services marketplaces feasible.