Texas Statewide Assessment of Forest Ecosystem Services - A Comprehensive Analysis of the Regulating and Cultural Services Provided by Texas Forests

The value of traditional goods, such as timber, from Texas’ forests has long been recognized to be of economic  importance to society. This value is relatively easy to assign. However, there is far greater worth to Texas’  abundant forests and woodlands than realized by the value of wood fiber, wildlife and recreation. Texas  forests provide numerous ecosystem services that are essential to the survival and well-being of all citizens in  Texas. Yet, because no markets exist in which to buy and sell these services, they are not appropriately valued. This assessment estimates the economic value (2011 USD) that forest-based ecosystem services provide to society. The scope of this effort covers all forests in Texas, as identified by the USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program, and focuses on the following ecosystem services:

  • climate regulation
  • watershed regulation
  • biological diversity regulation
  • cultural values



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Half-Earth Day EarthX Conservation Conference Half-Earth Day Conservation Conference will focus on The Role of Private Lands in Texas. This event brings together people from around the world and across disciplines to share their unique perspectives and thought leadership on how we can work together to achieve the goal of Half-Earth and ensure the health of our planet for future generations. Thursday, October 22nd – 9:00am – 4:00pm CT Old Parkland Dallas, TX For more information contact: Terry Beck - (817) 999-4893