The Virginia General Assembly will meet in January.
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Virginia receives a myriad of economic benefits from its natural resources in the form of market products, non-market services, and added value.
Using a value transfer approach, this study leverages the results of pre-existing studies to quantify the estimated annual contribution of nine such natural services – water quality, water supply, pollination, recreation, forest products, farm products, disturbance prevention, habitat, and carbon sequestration – to be approximately $21.8 billion.
There is a case pending before the Virginia Supreme Court that could impact the future of conservation easement enforcement and interpretation. On September 16th, 2015, a panel of Virginia Supreme Court Justices heard oral arguments in Wetlands America Trust v. White Cloud Nine, LP. A decision from the Court is expected in November or January.
This year, the General Assembly passed an important and exciting bill related to land conservation in Virginia -- a bill that would help fund programs that protect working farms, drinking water supply areas, battlefields and lands for public recreation. But time is running out for Governor McDonnell to sign the bill into law. Find out more in PEC's March 21, 2013 Email Alert.