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.
This guide considers six different kinds of habitats used by birds: agricultural land, grasslands, shrublands, forests, wetlands and developed areas.
Use this field guide to learn about common wetland plants like ferns, grasses, shrubs, and trees of the Piedmont region and explore how wetlands can be protected, mitigated, and restored.
Land conservation protects the essential resources we need for life—farmland to grow food, and forests and wetlands to provide clean water. It keeps alive the rich sense of history that sets Virginia apart from any other place. It supports Virginia's three largest industries—agriculture, forestry, and tourism. It maintains wetlands that can absorb the impacts of floods and storm surges. It preserves vast wilderness areas and brings vital corridors of nature into our cities and suburbs. It sustains the views that fill our lives with beauty.
At a time when many of the special places in Virginia could easily be lost, these stories remind us why land conservation is so important.