The ecosystem service value provided by conservation land can be a useful tool as governments evaluate conservation priorities. Therefore, the Florida State Department of Environmental Protection requested a study building on a previously conducted one valuing some of the State’s 270 conservation areas. A benefit transfer valuation was conducted on 20 representative lands. Results indicated the conservation lands provided more than $4,000 per acre in services. Although, these do not include every conservation area in Florida their dispersion throughout the State suggest that the remaining 240 conservation areas may also provide a high level of ecosystem service to the citizens of Florida. Further study is recommended to value the remaining State’s protected areas.
Duke University- Nicholas Environmental School
From Changsha, China. She has a 11-year-old dog named TOTO.