Nature's Benefits

Project symbol for Nature's Beauty.

Forest ecosystems are human, plant, and animal life-support systems that provide a suite of goods and services vital to human health and livelihood—essentially Nature's Benefits, also called Ecosystem Services.

The Region's goal is to communicate Nature's Benefits in the context of modern-day living and connect California National Forest land management activities to benefits that the public, sees, feels, and hears.

What are Ecosystem Services—or Nature's Benefits?

Ecosystem services are the benefits people receive and value from nature—or "Nature's Benefits." This comprehensive suite of benefits provided by healthy ecosystems includes, but is not limited to:

  • clean air
  • water filtration
  • carbon sequestration
  • cultural heritage
  • pollination
  • flood control
  • jobs, commerce, and value to local economies
  • recreational opportunities and open space for communities
  • renewable and nonrenewable energy
  • increased physical and psychological wellness
  • wood products

Stories about R5 projects that are measuring for Nature’s Benefits

New contentKlamath NF: The Klamath National Forest Craggy Vegetation Management Project: Reducing the risk of severe wildfire to protect communities and ensure Nature's Benefits are available now and for future generations

New contentMendocino NF: How the Mendocino NF Baseball Wildlife Habitat Improvement and Fuels Reduction project will ensure that Nature's Benefits such as clean water, recreation, and more are available now and for generations to come

Shasta-Trinity NF: How the McBride Plantations Project on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest reduces threat of severe wildfire and ensures Nature's Benefits area available now and for future generations

Los Padres NF: Los Padres National Forest Tamarisk Removal Project

San Bernardino NF: Job Creation from Restoring Nature's Benefits: Meadows

News release—Accelerating restoration on national forests in California: Pilot project to begin on Yuba watershed

Sierra NF: Making the Sierra National Forest more Resilient to Fire while protecting Nature’s Benefits and Population Centers

Lassen NF: How the Diamond Mountain Watershed Restoration and Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) project will reduce severe wildfire and ensure the safety of the public, our firefighters, and Nature’s Benefits

Angeles NF: Ensuring Nature's Benefits Now, and into the Future, following the Copper, Ranch, and Sayre Fires on the Angeles National Forest

Plumas NF: How Fen restoration projects ensure a healthy hydrologic system on the Plumas National Forest

Inyo NF: Making Jeffrey Pines More Fire Resilient to Ensure Food Supply and Cultural Traditions (Nature's Benefits) are Available to Native Tribes

Cleveland NF: Dam Removal on the Cleveland National Forest to Provide Nature's Benefits

Lake Tahoe Management Basin: Restoring Nature's Benefits through the Lake Tahoe West Partnership

Six Rivers NF: Measuring Nature’s Benefits on the Large Landscape Western Klamath Restoration Partnership Project Area

Plumas NF: Identifying the value of Nature's Benefits for the first time with the Thompson Creek Meadow Restoration Project

Eldorado NF: Measuring Nature's Benefits on the Caples Project: A Pristine Landscape on the South Fork of the American River

Stanislaus NF: Nature's Benefits and Hemlock: What do they have in common??

Tahoe NF: The American River Headwaters and French Meadows Project: Measuring Nature's Benefits in response to improving forest health through a collaborative, landscape-scale restoration project

Modoc NF: Black Mountain Forest and Watershed Restoration

Sequoia NF: The Sequoia National Forest's Land Acquisition Expands Nature's Benefits

30,000 Look at Nature's Benefits:

Region 5 manages more than 20 million acres of forests and grasslands across California which:

  1. sustain more than 23 million annual visitors and 39 million California residents;
  2. more than half the state's water supply or the equivalent of over 11 trillion gallons of water flows from National Forest upper watersheds; has a $3.2B annual value of water market wholesale by sector in California, a $367B cost of water to LA households using 100 gallons per day (on a monthly water bill of $100), and a cost of $583M to San Joaquin farmers per acre foot; which helps support a thriving agricultural economy that generates more than $47.7 billion annually.

Other critical values from California's National Forests include:

  1. hydroelectric power plants where more than 9,749 megawatts of installed hydro plant capacity has the ability to meet the power needs of over 7.3 million households;
  2. $112.4 million in lumber and forest wood products;
  3. 950.56 million metric tons of forest carbon stocks, or more than half of the State's forest carbon, and
  4. 18,390 jobs and $714,500,000 in labor income (wages) generated by recreation visitors.

Nature's Benefits provide provisioning, regulating, supporting, and cultural services that are the "natural capital" base of our nation's economies and communities.

You may learn more about Nature's Benefits in Region 5 by selecting any of the following titles.

To capture the story of how Nature's Benefits are so critical and compulsory to humankind, Region 5 is communicating in the context of modern-day living and connecting land management activities to benefits that the public, sees, feels, and hears.