Sunday, July 6, 2008

USDA report linking invasive species and ecosystem services

Prioritizing Invasive Species Management by Optimizing Production of Ecosystem Service Benefits.

The first author shared the same PHD advisor with me, and she has been doing research on ecosystem service valuation as well. Good to know she has shifted to the biosecurity area also.

The invasive species studied: cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum)
The four ecosystem services studied:

1. Support of recreational antelope hunting;
2. Forage production for cattle;
3. Property protection from fire; and
4. Existence values associated with sage grouse.

Lisa Wainger continued to use "indicators" as a way to value ES, including

Ecological site qualities
Location attributes contributing to site quality
Cost of access
Presence of complementary goods
Scarcity and substitutability of ecosystem service benefits
Risk of service disruptions

Key words for methodology: GIS and CEA

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