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Forests 2014, 5(5), 862-884; doi:10.3390/f5050862

The Value of Forest Conservation for Water Quality Protection

School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, P.O. Box 110410 Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
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Received: 25 November 2013 / Revised: 6 March 2014 / Accepted: 23 April 2014 / Published: 7 May 2014
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Abstract

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.
Keywords: benefit transfer; conservation easement; ecosystem services and goods; forest conservation policies; water quality; willingness-to-pay benefit transfer; conservation easement; ecosystem services and goods; forest conservation policies; water quality; willingness-to-pay
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Kreye, M.M.; Adams, D.C.; Escobedo, F.J. The Value of Forest Conservation for Water Quality Protection. Forests 2014, 5, 862-884.

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