The Ecosystem Services Team serves as a forum for coordination and communication among LCC partners in matters pertaining to ecosystem goods and services that are relevant to the GCPO LCC mission. The team was approved at the April 2012 meeting of the GCPO LCC Steering Committee.
Ecosystems within the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks geography provide many important goods and services. In addition to supporting fish and wildlife populations, ecosystems can improve water quality and quantity, provide food and fiber, regulate our climate, mitigate the impact of natural hazards, and provide recreational opportunities. Unfortunately, the value of many of these ecosystem goods and services are poorly quantified and not fully included into land use planning and management decisions.
Greg Wathen’s blog about ecosystem services identifies potential areas in which the LCC could play an important role in developing the science and tools to measure, quantify and value ecosystem services.