Tagged with Recreation

Economic Benefits of Trails, Parks, and Open Space in the Mat-Su Borough [Alaska]

Earth Economics http://bit.ly/1PzIuvM [Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News] [The study finds]: Opportunities for physical activity in open spaces can decrease both health care  costs and   productivity losses, leading to more than $3 million in savings annually. The high cost of natural disaster recoveries, not to mention the loss of human life,  can be  minimized with … Continue reading

Modeling the Property Price Impact of Water Quality in 14 Chesapeake Bay Counties

US EPA, National Center for Environmental Economics / by Patrick J. Walsh, Charles Griffiths, Dennis Guignet, Heather Klemick http://yosemite.epa.gov/EE/epa/eed.nsf/WPNumber/2015-07 The Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries provide a range of recreational and aesthetic amenities, such as swimming, fishing, boating, wildlife viewing, and scenic vistas. Living in close proximity to the Bay improves access to these amenities … Continue reading

Adapting To Climate Change in Coastal Parks: Estimating the Exposure of Park Assets to 1 m of Sea-Level Rise

National Park Service http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/coastal/coastal_assets_report.cfm [USA Today]  Sea-level rise puts at high risk more than $40 billion in park infrastructure and historic and cultural resources, including almost $90 million in assets at the Canaveral National Seashore, according to a federal report released Tuesday. The report by scientists from the National Park Service and Western Carolina University … Continue reading

The Economic Gains from Reallocating Specific Saltwater Fisheries

Southwick Associates for the American Sportfishing Association http://asafishing.org/uploads/ASA_Economic_Gains_from_Reallocation_5-12-15.pdf [From an E&E News PM article by Emily Yehle, sub. req’d] A new report from the American Sportfishing Association asserts that recreational anglers contribute more to the economy than commercial fishermen — and should thus get a larger share of the fish in some areas… the report … Continue reading

The Transfer of Public Lands Movement: Taking the ‘Public’ Out of Public Lands

Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources & the Environment, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah / by Robert B. Keiter and John Ruple http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2555922 [AP] Utah’s push to wrest control of 31 million acres of federally controlled land would lead to less public access, less public involvement in land-use decisions and more drilling … Continue reading

Social, Institutional, and Knowledge Mechanisms Mediate Diverse Ecosystem Service Benefits from Coral Reefs

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Dec. 16, 2014, v111 n50 p17791-17796; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1413473111) / by Christina C. Hicks and Joshua E. Cinner http://www.pnas.org/content/111/50/17791.short Ecosystems provide a range of services that can benefit people. However, the extent to which people are able to harness those benefits depends not only on the supply of ecosystem services but also … Continue reading

Frack Attack: Pennsylvania’s Parks and Forests Threatened by Drilling

PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center http://bit.ly/1wnyfTz [Wilkes Barre Union-Leader] A statewide environmental advocacy group Thursday released a study that concludes gas drilling is posing a “far-reaching” threat to parks, forests and public lands across Pennsylvania… The group’s study …lists five parks and forests that are “endangered by the threat of encroaching fracking, or have already … Continue reading