Economic Benefits of Forest Restoration in New Mexico

For Restoration Technologies Group and the Upper Gila Watershed Alliance CSE developed a framework for calculating the net public benefits of forest restoration investments by public land management agencies using the Signal Peak Assessment Area as a case study. The framework can be used by public land managers to distinguish between forest restoration proposals that may cause more economic harm than good and those that generate net benefits in the form of improved wildlife habitat, watershed condition, lower fire risk and higher property values in nearby communities. CSE is working with partners to secure funding for implementation of the framework in the context of forest restoration projects eligible for funding under the Obama Administration™s green stimulus package.