Elliott Campbell and Rachel Marks from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will discuss the DNR’s new online tool for ecosystem service quantification in a webinar 3-4 p.m. ET Wednesday, January 31.
The tool, which will be housed on the Greenprint web mapper, displays spatial data on the biophysical and economic value of seven ecosystem services generated by forests and wetlands: carbon sequestration, nitrogen removal, air quality improvement, groundwater recharge, stormwater mitigation and flood prevention, wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and surface water protection. Campbell and Marks will describe the methodology for the models underlying the spatial variation in services as well as the “eco-price” valuation method, which estimates the value of ecosystem services by observing the breadth of ways we pay for benefits from the environment or compensate for the lack thereof. The state of Maryland is applying the tool to inform land acquisitions, ecological restoration targeting and funding, climate adaptation, and mitigation planning and is collaborating with partners in local government and the non-profit community to facilitate their use of the information.