Trust for Public Land http://wunc.org en Economic Benefits of Conservation http://wunc.org/post/economic-benefits-conservation <p>North Carolina conservation groups say preserving land for public use has long-term economic benefits. A new report from the non-profit Trust for Public Land claims that every dollar North Carolina invests in parks, farms and wilderness has a return of 4 dollars to the local economy. The report measures the “natural goods and services” of different ecosystems in the state. An area is valued by the quality of its air and water and its ability to remove pollutants naturally—making wetlands and forests the most valuable and developed or barren land the least valuable.</p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 19:10:00 +0000 WUNC News 10139 at http://wunc.org