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EnviroAtlas Use Cases

Assessing Ecosystem Markets Opportunities on Public and Private Lands: New Tools and Data for Decision-Making

By Forest Trends, Ecosystem Marketplace

WASHINGTON, DC (15 November 2017) — Since 2014, Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace has partnered with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Environmental Markets to expand access to tools and data on ecosystem market mechanisms in the United States. The partnership aims to support policy-makers, natural resource managers, and private entrepreneurs in their decision-making on conservation investments and ecosystem market opportunities.

An early goal of the partnership was to make high-quality spatial data on ecosystem markets projects and activities freely available through EPA’s EnviroAtlas web-based mapping platform.

Now, we are pleased to share a new analysis that harnesses EnviroAtlas tools and data to answer real-world questions about ecosystem markets development.

In the first use case, we investigate opportunities to access markets for wetland compensatory mitigation to help the US Forest Service achieve its goals for collaborative all-lands restoration and acquisition of inholdings adjacent to and within in the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests in South Carolina.

In the second case, Magnolia Land Partners, an environmental offsets developer, uses EnviroAtlas data to evaluate potential sites in Illinois for a wetland mitigation bank that will provide credits specifically for agricultural producers under USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service banking program for conservation compliance.

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