Economics and the Environment

Pacific Rivers Council firmly believes that sound stewardship of freshwater ecosystems benefits the economy. Arguments that pit environmental protection against jobs and economics are misleading. In fact, environmental and economic health go hand in hand.

Economics and the Environment

Pacific Rivers Council firmly believes that sound stewardship of freshwater ecosystems benefits the economy. Arguments that pit environmental protection against jobs and economics are misleading. In fact, environmental and economic health go hand in hand.

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Economics Workshop and Economic Considerations in Critical Habitat Designation

In October 2007, the Pacific Rivers Council, San Francisco State University, Ecotrust, and the National Center for Conservation Science & Policy sponsored a workshop: Economics and Ecosystems: A Workshop on Improving Economic Analysis for Habitat Protection.

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Watershed Restoration and Forest Roads Symposium

PRC and co-sponsors convened a "Watershed Restoration and Forest Roads Symposium" on April 4, 2008, for policymakers, scientists, conservationists, and the interested public. Road-related watershed restoration, including road removal, remediation, and passage for aquatic organisms, is a priority need in many Western watersheds — including our National Forests and other public lands. An entire panel at this symposium was devoted to the subject of the economics of watershed restoration.

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More on Roads and Economics

Roads threaten freshwater ecosystems in many ways and in nearly every corner of the North American landscape. Investment in the repair and removal of the worst roads makes great economic sense. Over the next decade, such a program would save taxpayers millions in today's dollars in reduced maintenance costs alone for federal and state forest roads.

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Related Publications and Other Materials

Learn more about PRC publications on economics and the environment and read related letters and articles.

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