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Evaluating Ecosystem Services

NEW RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS THE VALUE OF CALIFORNIA’S WORKING LANDSCAPES AND THE RETURN ON INVESTMENT OF RANGELAND TRUST CONSERVATION EASEMENTS

We are thrilled to announce the long-awaited release of our ecosystem services research showing the long-term benefits of land conservation. Conducted by scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, this groundbreaking research could transform the way we look at working landscapes in the Golden State.

WHAT WE LEARNED

Researchers examined over 300,000 acres of working landscapes conserved by the California Rangeland Trust and found that these lands provide roughly $1 billion in environmental benefits annually, including habitat, climate regulation, food, and watersheds. The study also found that conservation easements return $3.47 for every dollar invested.

Read the full study in California Rangeland Trust​.

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