The Trust for Public Land recently published the findings of a new report entitled “New Hampshire’s Return on Investment in Land Conservation,” The report demonstrates that state investment in land conservation has measurable economic value. Conserved lands provide natural goods and services such as water quality protection, wildlife habitat and air pollution removal - all important to New Hampshire’s strong economy and jobs.
According to the report, every $1 invested in land conservation by New Hampshire returns $11 in natural goods and services. The full Report is available at www.tpl.org/nh-roi-report
The Trust for Public Land's Director of Conservation Economics, Jessica Sargent said, “We have conducted over a dozen studies across the country, and while each program is different, New Hampshire’s land conservation programs are a great investment. In fact, New Hampshire is tied with Maine for the highest return on investment we have ever measured.”
The report found that land and water conservation in New Hampshire helps to support thousands of jobs ranging from foresters to workers at small businesses that rely on outdoor recreation and tourism. New Hampshire’s investment in land conservation supports a major component of the economy – the recreation industry. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, each year recreation generates 49,000 jobs and $4.2 billion in consumer spending in the state. In addition, agriculture, forestry, commercial fishing and related processing activities are responsible for $2.5 billion in output and 18,500 jobs in New Hampshire.
Photo caption: Last month the Upper Valley Land Trust conserved 230 acres and about a half mile of frontage on Meadow Brook, a cold, fast flowing stream in Corinth.