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Helpful Documents – Region-Specific Studies and Information

Cost of Community Services (COCS): Studies focused on the relationships between residential and commercial growth, agricultural land use, conservation and a community’s bottom line.

The Economic Contributions of Texas State Parks (2014-11) – A study from Texas A&M University

County Impact Fee Table – A state-by-state comparison of counties’ ability to levy impact fees. Many other states allow counties to charge developers to cover the real cost of expanding infrastructure and services (2008).

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 2005-10 – A 10-county regional study by the Capital Area Economic Development District promoting prosperity and economic equity achieved through diversified business development, balanced growth and improved mobility (2005).

Lake Travis Economic Impact Report – Lake Travis Coalition, Setember, 2011.

The Impact of Greenways on Property Values: Evidence from Austin, Texas – A report on the benefit of green spaces for property values in Austin (2005).

Parkland and Open Space in the Hill Country – A report by Texas Center for Policy Studies (2001).

SH 130 Corridor Watershed Economics – A presentation developed for Envision Central Texas that discusses development alternatives designed to protect watersheds in a five-county study area (2006).

Helpful Documents – Conservation Economics

Land Trust Alliance Fact Sheet – The economic and tax-base benefits of land conservation.

The Economic Benefits of Natural Goods and Services – A report written for the Piedmont Environmental Council

The Economic and Tax-Based Benefits of Land Conservation – An informative Land Trust Alliance Fact Sheet

Agricultural Sustainability and Smart Growth – A report that discusses strategies for preserving urban-influenced farmland (2001).

Assessing the Wealth of Nature – A guideline to using economic studies to promote land conservation over sprawl.

Conservation:An Investment That Pays A discussion about the economic benefits of parks and open space in urban areas from the Trust for Public Land (2009).

The Economic Benefits of Land Conservation – A longer report from the Trust for Public Land that covers the economic benefits of farmland preservation and forests in addition to parks and open space (2007).

Economic Benefits of Cypress Creek to the Economy of Wimberley – (2013) Assessment of the economic contribution of Cypress Creek to the economy of Wimberley, Phase II Final Report by Meadows Center for water and the Environment

“The Wealth of Nature” – A chapter from Rutgers University economist Paul Gottlieb’s forthcoming book on regional planning that discusses the challenges of measuring quality of life and economic benefits of planning activities and the push toward regional planning in New Jersey.

The Proximate Principle – A paper on the impact of parks, open space and water features on residential property values from a professor at Texas A&M (2004).

Nature Tourism in the Lone Star State – A report on the economic benefits of nature-driven tourism from the State Task Force on Texas Nature Tourism.

Economic Impacts of Protecting Rivers, Trails and Greenway Corridors – A resource book developed for the National Park Service that discusses property values, expenditures and economic benefits of greenway preservation, among other topics (1995).

Getty Institute Report on Heritage Economics – A report from the Getty Conservation Institute discussing the role of cultural heritage in economic analysis.

Helpful Links

New Issue Papers: Exploring Environmental Markets Blog from the USDA covering a range of environmental and conservation related issues in America

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics – AAcademics and practitioners working together to develop and implement new environmental policy and management techniques that benefit the environment and the economy, holistically and sustainably.

Texas State Parks – Natural Economic Assets – A 2008 study prepared by the state Comptroller discussing the economic value of Texas State Parks. Includes profiles of specific state parks and statistics on park attendance in addition to financial data.

The Texas Coalition for Conservation – A coalition that develops studies and information related to the economic benefits of Texas parks and land conservation.

Defenders of Wildlife Habitat Benefits Estimation Tool – A toolkit designed to help measure the economic benefits of wildlife habitat conservation.

Texas Land Use Trends – Information on the loss of agricultural land in Texas from Texas Land Trends, a partnership between the American Farmland Trust and the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources.