Babbling brooks and bottom lines

Babbling brooks and bottom lines

Conservationists take notice of how economic studies drive public-land decisions
Some conservationists are seeking broader economic-impact studies of public lands beyond the economic benefits from tourism and outdoor recreation. Other economic developers worry those studies could set up a conflict between protecting lands and traditional multi-use policies that allow some natural-resource development. Anglers wait for some nibbles while relaxing on a bank of the San Juan River downstream from the Navajo Dam with a natural-gas well behind them.
Adam Landis and his wife, Karen, from Daytona Beach, Fla., gear up with a gas well behind them before heading down to the quality fishing waters below the Navajo Dam on the San Juan River. How much is public lands worth to a local economy? Conservationists say past economic-impact studies undervalue their worth.

Babbling brooks and bottom lines

Some conservationists are seeking broader economic-impact studies of public lands beyond the economic benefits from tourism and outdoor recreation. Other economic developers worry those studies could set up a conflict between protecting lands and traditional multi-use policies that allow some natural-resource development. Anglers wait for some nibbles while relaxing on a bank of the San Juan River downstream from the Navajo Dam with a natural-gas well behind them.
Adam Landis and his wife, Karen, from Daytona Beach, Fla., gear up with a gas well behind them before heading down to the quality fishing waters below the Navajo Dam on the San Juan River. How much is public lands worth to a local economy? Conservationists say past economic-impact studies undervalue their worth.
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