Valuing ecosystem and economic services across land-use scenarios in the Prairie Pothole Region of the Dakotas, USA

Publication year: 2011
Source: Ecological Economics, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 14 June 2011

William R., Gascoigne , Dana, Hoag , Lynne, Koontz , Brian A., Tangen , Terry L., Shaffer , …

This study uses biophysical values derived for the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) of North and South Dakota, in conjunction with value transfer methods, to assess environmental and economic tradeoffs under different policy-relevant land-use scenarios over a 20-year period. The ecosystem service valuation is carried out by comparing the biophysical and economic values of three focal services (i.e. carbon sequestration, reduction in sedimentation, and waterfowl production) across three focal land uses in the region [i.e. native prairie grasslands, lands enrolled in the Conservation Reserve and Wetlands Reserve Programs (CRP/WRP), and cropland]. This study finds that CRP/WRP lands cannot mitigate (hectare for…