Ecosystem ‘Restoration Economy’ Drives Growth, Creates Jobs

Restoration of wetlands, wildlife habitats and other natural ecosystems is a job creator, not a job killer.  Our recent national survey, “Estimating the Size and Impact of the Ecological Restoration Economy,” has determined that the U.S. ecological restoration industry directly employs nearly 126,000 workers and generates approximately $9.5 billion in economic output (sales) annually. Our research team, comprised of

“USDA-Approved” Conservation Innovation

Paying farmers to store carbon in untilled prairie. Stimulating demand for wooden “plyscrapers.” Creating markets for nutrient and temperature credits. This is not your grandparents’ Department of Agriculture. At a White House meeting and industry conference this week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is promoting innovative opportunities for private investment in rural America. The White House

Ecosystem Investment Partners: How Private Capital is Restoring U.S. Wetlands

In the 1970s, more than 450,000 acres of wetlands around the U.S. were disappearing each year, eliminating vibrant ecosystems that provide critical wildlife habitat, storm protection and water filtration. By 2008, fewer than 18,000 acres per year were being lost, a 96 percent decrease. What happened? In a phrase, the national “no net loss of