Conserving Texas: Quantifying Ecological Return on Investment
Authors: Alison Lund, Addie Smith, Roel Lopez
Proactive measures to protect the ecological and economic gains held in our open spaces are critical to ensuring a prosperous future for our state. Land conservation supports numerous economic benefits for Texas while protecting wildlife habitat, enhancing water resources, preserving working agricultural and forest lands, and providing public access to outdoor recreational areas. The goal of this report is to better understand the current benefits and need for financial investment in our state's natural resources to best support our growing state population, thriving economy, and healthy landscape.
Smith, L.A., A.A. Lund, R.R. Lopez. 2023. Conserving Texas: Quantifying Ecological Return on Investment. Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, Research Report Number 2023-1. College Station, Texas, USA.