Earth Economics report cited by Emerald Alliance to make the case for public lands restoration and recreation investments.

The Emerald Alliance, which advocates for sustainable and equitable land-conservation practices in the Central Puget Sound Region, cited in a recent blog post Earth Economics’ report Gem of the Emerald Corridor: Nature’s Value in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

The Alliance, citing the 2018 report, explained that investments in restoring the Green and White River watersheds that encompass a wide swath of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, will “pay us back in critical ecosystem services 3000-fold every single year.” Such ecosystem services include flood risk-reduction, maintaining water quality and supply, recreation, and important fish and wildlife habitat.

The Alliance explained in its post that the fast-growing Central Puget Sound Region’s residents have a unique opportunity to influence the management of national forests and other public lands — from restoration activities to recreation opportunities. Stewardship of these lands affects not only the ecological, social, and cultural communities living and passing through them but also those far downstream — from urban and suburban cities to southern resident killer whales, the blog post explained. 

Read the full article, It All Flows Downstream: Unique opportunity to plan for the future of our public lands in Central Puget Sound, by Jen Watkins of Conservation Northwest and Kitty Craig of The Wilderness Society.

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