Third Thursday Web Forum: Determining use, economic impacts, and value of game lands in NC (and beyond)
January 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
“Determining use, economic impacts, and value of game lands in North Carolina (and beyond)” with Will Casola, Graduate Research Assistant at North Carolina State University
America’s parks and protected areas, including game lands, wildlife refuges and wildlife management areas, receive over two billion visitor days each year. With such high use, it is important to understand the environmental, social and economic impacts associated with these properties. From an economic perspective, these spaces provide benefits through the market impacts of visitors and via the non-market value to locals who benefit from recreational opportunities, aesthetics and ecosystem services. By quantifying overall use, the market contribution of these properties to local economies, and the non-market value to residents, management agencies and local governments can achieve economic, conservation and recreational goals. As North Carolina urbanizes, protecting greenspace, such as game lands, reduces the overall acreage of taxed land but can strengthen the local tax base by increasing the property value of nearby properties and by the economic activity associated with game land users. Understanding this dynamic will be critical in the next several decades as many parts of the southeast face urbanization. By carefully considering the non-market values of these properties, we can facilitate comparison of their costs and benefits, as well as highlight instances where they are currently an underutilized source of economic growth. Finally, estimating the value of public green space requires estimating use, which also improves our understanding of how multiple groups use public green space.
This project is being expanded from North Carolina to South Carolina and Georgia as well.
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