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Can Payments for Watershed Services Help Advance Restoration of Longleaf Pine? A Critically Engaged Research Approach

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School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
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Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA 16802, USA
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Forest Landowners Association, Highlands Pkwy SE, Smyrna, GA 30082, USA
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Academic Editor: Davide M. Pettenella
Forests 2021, 12(3), 279; https://doi.org/10.3390/f12030279
Received: 13 January 2021 / Revised: 20 February 2021 / Accepted: 22 February 2021 / Published: 28 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Forest Economics, Policy, and Social Science)
Private forests in the southeastern US are critical for providing a variety of ecosystem services, including timber production and water resource protection. Restoration of longleaf pine (LLP) forests and savannas tends to enhance some ecosystem services, including water supply, over timber production. A variety of payments for watershed services (PWS) strategies have emerged to address the market failure associated with private forests and public water supply. The nature of these programs suggests that biodiversity protection may be a positive externality, or third-party benefit, to water resource protection. This paper uses a critically engaged research approach and expert interviews to investigate how PWS programs may help prevent land use change and promote LLP restoration. We also offer recommendations on how to sustain emerging efforts to implement PWS strategies while including LLP restoration objectives. View Full-Text
Keywords: longleaf pine; ecosystem services; water; forest restoration; incentive payments; critically engaged research longleaf pine; ecosystem services; water; forest restoration; incentive payments; critically engaged research
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Sellers, R.S.; Kreye, M.M.; Carney, T.J.; Ward, L.K.; Adams, D.C. Can Payments for Watershed Services Help Advance Restoration of Longleaf Pine? A Critically Engaged Research Approach. Forests 2021, 12, 279. https://doi.org/10.3390/f12030279

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Sellers RS, Kreye MM, Carney TJ, Ward LK, Adams DC. Can Payments for Watershed Services Help Advance Restoration of Longleaf Pine? A Critically Engaged Research Approach. Forests. 2021; 12(3):279. https://doi.org/10.3390/f12030279

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Sellers, R. S., Melissa M. Kreye, Tyler J. Carney, Lauren K. Ward, and Damian C. Adams 2021. "Can Payments for Watershed Services Help Advance Restoration of Longleaf Pine? A Critically Engaged Research Approach" Forests 12, no. 3: 279. https://doi.org/10.3390/f12030279

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