Research on Landowners and Ecosystem Services - The Project and Results
Innovative ways that landowners are prospering from protecting or enhancing ecosystem services on their land.
Sustainable Northwest, Oregon State University, and the Ecosystem Workforce Program at the University of Oregon teamed up to identify the factors that affect how ranchers and family forest landowners may benefit by providing ecosystem services through sustainable land management practices.
In 2010, the research team began work to 1) identify factors affecting landowners' adoption of economic diversification strategies based on the provision of ecosystem services, 2) better understand how groups that work with landowners connect them to these opportunities (e.g. government agencies, community based organizations, etc.), and 3) develop recommendations to improve current and emerging payments for ecosystem services policies and programs. The team focused on four case study areas in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. The team completed over 130 in-person interviews with 122 intermediary groups and a survey of more than 800 landowners.
We found that the Interior Northwest is home to an impressive array of innovative landowners, organizations and agencies engaged in payments for ecosystem services programs, or trying to figure out how to access them. In this fact sheet series, we profile examples from our research - real people, real programs - and highlight their challenges, opportunities and future prospects.
Read the Fact Sheet series:
Fact Sheet 1: Prospering from Nature: Helping Landowners Protect and Enhance Ecosystem Services
Fact Sheet 2: Coordinated Salmon Habitat Restoration on Private Lands
Fact Sheet 3: Paying the Water Bill: Community Support for Agriculture and River Restoration in Central Oregon
Fact Sheet 4: Certification Rewards Stewardship and Assures Future Markets for Montana Timber
Fact Sheet 5: Ranch Combines Programs for Long-term Sustainability
Fact Sheet 6: Enhancing the Effectiveness of Conservation Easements
Fact Sheet 7: Beer, Fish, and Watershed Restoration Certificates
Fact Sheet 8: Bad Goat, Good Business: Byproducts Bring Big Gains for Watershed Restoration
Fact Sheet 9: Farm Bill Evolution to Increase Landowner and Ecosystem Service Benefits
Fact Sheet 10: Ecosystem Services Online: An Overview of Web-based Resources
Fact Sheet 11: Matchmakers, Evaluators, Libraries, and Networks: Online Resources for Landowners and Practitioners
Additional online resources:
Payments for Ecosystem Services: Catalog of Online Tools and Resources
Read the Briefing Paper series:
Briefing Paper 49: Barriers and Preferences for Landowner Participation in Conservation Programs in the Interior West
Briefing Paper 50: The Money Doesn?t Deliver Itself: The Importance of Intermediaries in Ecosystem Service Programs
Briefing Paper 51: From Postage Stamp to Puzzle Piece: Conservation Easement Strategy in the Interior West
Briefing Paper 52: Eco-Labels on the Range and in the Forests of the Interior West
Research papers coming soon:
(We are currently developing papers to share our key findings. Completed papers will be posted here.)
To grow understanding about ecosystem services and provide information about pilot projects and payments for ecosystem services programs around the West, Sustainable Northwest is coordinating the Ecosystem Services Learning Action Network. Visit the ESLAN page to learn more.
For more information contact the project partners:
Hannah Gosnell, Oregon State University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren Gwin, Oregon State University Extension, email@example.com
Cassandra Moseley, University of Oregon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Max Nielsen-Pincus, University of Oregon, email@example.com