NESP DIGEST: January 2018
Benefit-Relevant Indicators Work Featured in Journal
A new article published in the journal Ecological Indicators was authored by experts associated with the National Ecosystem Services Partnership. It describes a process for developing benefit-relevant indicators (BRIs), and using causal chains that link management decisions through ecological responses to effects on human well-being.

Ecosystem Services and National Forest Policy
Watch the recording of our October webinar on how the U.S. Forest Service is incorporating ecosystem services into national forest policy.
Upcoming NESP Webinars
January 31: Mapping Ecosystem Services in Maryland to Inform Decision Making
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 on 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. Advanced registration is required.

February 22: Conservation International Rapid Ecosystem Services Assessments and Mapping
Rachel Neugarten, Conservation International's director of Conservation Priority Setting, will discuss the organization's approach to mapping important places for ecosystem services in a webinar 3-4 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 22. The discussion will include how this approach informs conservation priority-setting for Conservation International, as well as trends in protected area spatial representation of ecosystem services in five countries. Advanced registration is required.
New Federal Resource: Updated EnviroAtlas Features
The new EnviroAtlas Interactive Map increases loading speed, creates searchable data layers, allows for data layer sub-setting and data filtering, adds new analytical tools, and is now compatible on mobile devices.
Soil Holds Potential to Slow Global Warming, Researchers Find., October 5.

A Landmark California Plan Puts Floodplains Back in Business. Natural Capital Coalition, October 17.

The Grand Experiment to Save Appalachia's Forests. Ecosystem Marketplace, November 21.

Bennett, G., M. Gallant, and K. ten Kate. 2017. State of Biodiversity Mitigation 2017. Forest Trends.

Burrows, J., T. Hipp, and L. Olander. 2017.   Increasing the Engagement of Large Private Forestland Owners in Conservation Management. Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University.

Carmen, E., A. Watt, L. Carvalho, J. Dick, I. Fazey, G. Garcia-Blanco, B. Grizzetti, J. Hauck, Z. Izakovicova, L. Kopperoinen, C. Liquete, D. Odee, E. Steingröver, and J. Young.   Knowledge Needs for the Operationalisation of the Concept of Ecosystem Services. Ecosystem Services, in press.

Costanza, R., R. de Groot, L. Braat, I. Kubiszewski, L. Fioramonti, P. Sutton, S. Farber, and M. Grasso. 2017.   Twenty Years of Ecosystem Services: How Far Have We Come and How Far Do We Still Need to Go? Ecosystem Services 28: 1-16.

Crouzat, E., I. Arpin, L. Brunet, M.J. Colloff, F. Turkelboom, and S. Lavorel. 2017. Researchers Must be Aware of Their Roles at the Interface of Ecosystem Services Science and Policy. Ambio 1-9.

Keith, H., M. Vardon, J.A. Stein, J.L. Stein, and D. Lindenmayer. 2017. Ecosystem Accounts Define Explicit and Spatial Trade-offs for Managing Natural Resources. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1: 1683.

Kilgore, M.A., P.V. Ellefson, T.J. Funk, and G.E. Frey. 2017. State Property Tax Incentives for Promoting Ecosystem Goods and Services from Private Forest Land in the United States : A Review and Analysis. U.S. Forest Service.

Noe, R.R., B.L. Keeler, M.A. Kilgore, S.J. Taff, and S. Polasky. 2017. Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services in State-level Conservation Planning: Progress and Future Needs. Ecology and Society 22(4).

O'Connell, D., and A. Livingston. 2017. Ecosystem Services and California's Working Landscapes. University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Sills, E.O., S.E. Moore, F.W. Cubbage, K.D. McCarter, T.P. Holmes, and D.E. Mercer. 2017.  Trees at Work: Economic Accounting for Forest Ecosystem Services in the U.S. South. U.S. Forest Service.


January 24-26, 2018. International Land Conservation Network Global Congress. Santiago, Chile.

March 19-22, 2018. Natural Capital Symposium. Stanford, California.

May 8-11, 2018. National Mitigation and Ecosystem Banking Conference. Louisville, Kentucky.

June 18-22, 2018. Conservation Finance Boot Camp. Fort Collins, Colorado.

August 26-30, 2018. National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration. New Orleans, Louisiana.

December 3-72018. A Community for Ecosystem Services (ACES). Washington, D.C. 
EnviroAtlas Data Support Associate . U.S. EPA. Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Director: Green Lands Blue Waters Initiative. University of Minnesota. Twin Cities, Minnesota.
Director: Aquatic Conservation. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Washington D.C.
Professor: Princeton Environmental Institute. Princeton University. Princeton, New Jersey.
Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor: Sustainable Coastal Systems. University of Central Florida. Orlando, Florida.


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