We Provide What Leaders Need

 

Assessment of best practices for sustainable production

Funding strategies to restore ecosystem health

Quantified benefits of working lands to the local economy


What's At Stake

 

Working lands are foundational to our economy and quality of life, whether they support agriculture, animal production, or forestry. But population growth and accelerating urban development are increasing the pressures on working lands, and current management practices are aggravating the issue - most are simply not sustainable. Working lands are a major part of our landscape - the way we manage these lands is critical and has far-reaching impacts. Our working lands must be managed using best practices that support healthy ecosystems and sustainable production for our communities.

Photo Credit: Richard Hurd via Flickr

Photo Credit: Richard Hurd via Flickr


Our Approach

 

Promoting Farmland Preservation

We support communities in advocating for farmland preservation, especially along rapidly developing suburban fringe areas. In assessing the economic value of farmland, we look at value beyond just agriculture – farmlands are inextricably tied to cultural heritage and a way of life, and they provide services like pollination, carbon sequestration, and flood risk reduction. We work with stakeholders to value their land and identify funding mechanisms for long-term stewardship.

 

Informing Best Management Practices

At Earth Economics, we conduct economic assessments of management practices so that land managers understand the complex relationships between healthy working lands and nearby communities. We assess the environmental and financial benefits of agricultural practices so that stakeholders can make well-informed decisions about where to invest and how to manage lands. We help forestry managers find a balance between extracting timber and keeping ecosystem services like water supply and wildlife habitat intact. Our data helps managers develop sound, long-term management strategies that support ecosystems and communities.

 

Banner Photo Credit: Mary Stephens