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.

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  • An interesting new forest program in PA that pays landowners:  

    Woodlands program lets forests earn funds while helping the environment

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  • An interesting study:
    The Great Lakes Forest Alliance has initiated a project to review the potential impacts of changing climate condi.... The assessment will consider the economic and social impacts to the forest sector and other important parts of the local economy that are forest and climate dependent, such as outdoor tourism and recreation.


    “Recent studies in the region have identified potential ecological impacts of climate change, and this project will apply that information and other data to provide an assessment of economic and social impacts,” said Mike Prouty, Executive Director for the Great Lakes Forest Alliance.
  • Let a thousand restoration economies bloom!  Great little factsheet with Oregon restoration jobs statistics comparing to other employment sectors now available from EcoTrust.  OR_RestorationEconomy.pdf

  • Dovetail Partners report on Growing Forests for Water highlights Neuse River basin in NC.

  • A new version of InVEST software for valuing ecosystem services is available from the Natural Capital Project.  You can read about and download it here.

  • New report provides guidelines for building a successful

    water quality trading program.


    Hillsboro, Oregon (July 30, 2012) -- Water quality is one of the most significant environmental issues facing watersheds across the country. States have used different forms of water quality trading over the last decades as a flexible tool for meeting water quality goals. This report gathers those successes, failures, and valuable lessons learned from pioneering groups to help new trading programs lay the groundwork for success.


    A new report, titled, In it Together: A How-To Reference for Building Point-Nonpoint Water Quality Trading Programs(, lays out guidelines for groups who want to build water-quality trading programs.  In It Together was written by the Willamette Partnership, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Environmental Markets, the Pinchot Institute for Conservation, and the World Resources Institute.


    It is a three-part report aimed to help groups who are in the planning stages of implementing a trading or offset program reduce start-up times, increase efficiencies, and establish the groundwork for long-term success.  Part 1 presents an overview and current status of point-nonpoint water quality trading programs, Part 2 is a design reference for building and operating water quality trading programs, and Part 3 features case study write-ups for water quality trading programs in North Carolina, the Pacific Northwest, and the Chesapeake Bay.


    A companion paper titled Opportunities for Action proposes actions that federal and state authorities can take to help water quality programs launch, and most importantly, sustain themselves through to realized improvements in water quality. 


    For questions about In It Together, please contact Bobby Cochran of the Willamette Partnership at 503-681-5112 or


  • EPA approves first-of-its-kind Wisconsin phosphorus control plan:

  • This is a resource I have not seen before, the Marketplace for Nature Portal lists various sites all across the country that are measuring, studying or marketing ecosystem services.  They say that NC Wildlife Resources Commission is one of the first to adapt and customize their very own, highly specialized Conservation Registry portal and mapping tool.

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