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    Author(s): Sussane Maleki
    Date: 2008
    Source: Science Update 16. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 12 p
    Publication Series: Science Update
    Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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    Description

    Broadly defined, ecosystem services are the benefits healthy ecosystems provide to humans. Clean air, clean water, and flood control are just a few examples. Although the term is relatively new, the ecosystem services concept has long been a focus of natural resource and environmental economists. As the U.S. population increases and the forests and grasslands that provide ecosystem services are threatened by development, there is growing interest among natural resource agencies, conservation groups, private landowners, and others to explore the ecosystem services concept as a way to address human impacts on the environment and more effectively communicate the importance of ecosystems.

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    Citation

    Maleki, Sussane. 2008. Counting all that matters: recognizing the value of ecosystem services. Science Update 16. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 12 p

    Keywords

    Ecosystem services, Pacific Northwest.

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