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
- 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
Klamath 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
Mendocino 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
You may learn more about Nature's Benefits in Region 5 by selecting any of the following titles.
Capturing the Story of Benefits from the National Forests in California:
Why are we talking about Nature’s Benefits now?
What efforts are the Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service engaging in now?
- General Technical Report: Integrating Ecosystem Services Into National Forest Service Policy and Operations
- News release—Accelerating restoration on national forests in California: Pilot project to begin on Yuba watershed
- WRI article: Investors Think They Can Make Money Reducing Wildfire Risk. A Forest Restoration Project in Yuba, CA Puts this Idea into Practice
- FS National Ecosystem Services