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Environmental Markets In the Pacific Northwest
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Agriculture & the  Environment > Ecosystem Service Markets > Conservation Markets in the PNW

Wahington Farms San Juan IslandsThe Pacific Northwest is anticipating massive growth in the years ahead, most of which is likely to occur in areas of environmental sensitivity.  

Environmental markets (also referred to as ecosystem service markets) represent a way for our growing communities to offset or mitigate for the unavoidable impacts of growth and development at the lowest reasonable cost.  At the same time, they can provide supplemental income for our farmers and ranchers, improving their economic viability, and providing the funding necessary for them to protect their land and remain in agriculture. 

Our Pacific Northwest Office is engaged in a broad effort to develop and improve the ability for farmers to access a wide variety of existing and emerging Environmental markets.  These include carbon sequestration, water quality trading, wetland mitigation, wildlife habitat mitigation, renewable energy, water transactions, flood mitigation, and more. 

We hope to make as many different kinds of conservation market opportunities as possible available across the broad spectrum of agriculture so that, in the years ahead, selling environmental services becomes a meaningful part of the everyday business of agriculture.

Resources:

arrow Environmental Markets for Washington Farmers and Ranchers (Power Point)

arrow Environmental Markets for Washington Farmers and Ranchers (Video)

arrow How Ecosystem Markets Can Transform Agriculture and Protect the Environment

arrow Conservation Markets Workshop and Listening Session for Agriculture

arrow Washington Conservation Markets Study

arrow Creating Stronger Incentives for Private Lands Conservation in Washington

Drafts:

arrow How Environmental Markets Can Preserve Agricultural Lands While Helping to Protect the Environment

arrow Maximizing Opportunities for Farmland Protection in Environmental Markets

arrow Models for Land Protection in Conservation Markets

arrow Prospects and Models for Conservation District Roles in Environmental Markets

If you are interested in conservation markets in the Pacific Northwest or any of the documents above, please contact Don Stuart at dstuart@farmland.org or (206)860-4222.

 
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