Economic Impact and Job Creation from Forest and Watershed Restoration: A Preliminary Assessment
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Investments in ecological restoration play a large role in public and private natural resource management with projects ranging from stream habitat enhancements and fish passage to irrigation canal improvements, riparian reforestation, road decommissioning, hazardous fuels reduction, forest thinning, and wildlife habitat enhancement. These restoration activities have considerable economic impact and job creation potential. Unlike other sectors of the economy, such as transportation infrastructure, there has been little research to quantify the economic potential of these activities. In this briefing paper, we link forest and watershed restoration activities to economic industries and provide a preliminary assessment of the potential economic and employment impacts for these activities.
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