The value of forest conservation for water quality protection

Melissa M. Kreye, Damian C. Adams, Francisco J. Escobedo

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Forests protect water quality by reducing soil erosion, sedimentation, and pollution; yet there is little information about the economic value of conserving forests for water quality protection in much of the United States. To assess this value, we conducted a meta-analysis of willingness-to-pay (WTP) for protecting unimpaired waters, and econometrically determined several significant drivers of WTP: type of conservation instrument (tool), aquatic resource type, geographic context, spatial scale, time, and household income. Using a benefit transfer to two highly forested sites, we illustrate the importance of these factors on WTP for water quality protection programs, forest conservation and policy design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)862-884
Number of pages23
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Forestry


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