Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC

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Ecosystem Services Team


Ecosystem Services Team

The Ecosystem Services Team serves as a forum for coordination and communication among LCC partners in matters pertaining to ecosystem goods and services that are relevant to the GCPO LCC mission.  The team was approved at the April 2012 meeting of the GCPO LCC Steering Committee.  

Ecosystems within the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks geography provide many important goods and services. In addition to supporting fish and wildlife populations, ecosystems can improve water quality and quantity, provide food and fiber, regulate our climate, mitigate the impact of natural hazards, and provide recreational opportunities. Unfortunately, the value of many of these ecosystem goods and services are poorly quantified and not fully included into land use planning and management decisions.

Greg Wathen’s blog about ecosystem services identifies potential areas in which the LCC could play an important role in developing the science and tools to measure, quantify and value ecosystem services.

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Latest Activity: on Friday

10/2/2012 Conference call and Yoskowitz webinar presentation

This link will allow you to play stream the webinar recording directly through Webex:

Ecosystem Services webinar by David Yoskowitz, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies

Today, David Yoskowitz presented an overview of ecosystem services, how they are defined and valued and a little about work that other agencies and organizations are doing.  The presentation was recorded and will be posted as soon as it is available (probably Oct. 3, 2012).  Terse notes from the presentation and discussion are available.  


8-30-2012 Conference Call

Notes from the EST conference call 8-30-2012  

Files associated with the call:

Mike Osland's presentation, which began the meeting.  

Gulf Coast Recovery & Restoration 101 from the Environmental Law Institute

An Overview of the Restore Act from the Environmental Law Institute

Integrating Ecosystem Services into Restoration Decisions for the Gulf of Mexico

Link to Monitor blog post on NRDA, Restore, & GOM Research Initiative.

8-3-2012 Conference Call

Notes from the EST conference call 8-3-2012. The 8-10-12 draft survey for EST members. 

The draft Ecosystem Services Team charter - reviewed 8-30-2012 by the EST with no modifications/changes suggested.

Discussion Forum

Willamette Partnership - Annual Report


Started by Greg Wathen on Friday.

Winter climate change and coastal wetland foundation species: salt marshes vs. mangrove forests in the southeastern United States

The publication of Mike Osland et al.'s paper in Global Change Biology is official!  You can now…Continue

Tags: mangrove

Started by Gregg Elliott Feb 11.

Ecosystem Services in 2013: 3 related posts from Ecosystem Marketplace

From BSR:Environmental Performance 2.0: How Will Ecosystem Services Affect Corporate Decision-Making Next?Though few corporate decision-makers…Continue

Started by Gregg Elliott Feb 7.

Why an Ecosystem Service Approach is Necessary 1 Reply

An editorial you may already have read, but very well-stated: Nature Revisited, from the Ecological Society of America by Michelle Marvier Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences,Santa Clara…Continue

Started by Gregg Elliott. Last reply by Ken McDermond Feb 6.

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Comment by Gregg Elliott on October 1, 2012 at 1:42pm

An interesting new forest program in PA that pays landowners:  

Woodlands program lets forests earn funds while helping the environment

Read more:

Comment by Gregg Elliott on October 1, 2012 at 12:18pm
An interesting study:
The Great Lakes Forest Alliance has initiated a project to review the potential impacts of changing climate condi.... The assessment will consider the economic and social impacts to the forest sector and other important parts of the local economy that are forest and climate dependent, such as outdoor tourism and recreation.


“Recent studies in the region have identified potential ecological impacts of climate change, and this project will apply that information and other data to provide an assessment of economic and social impacts,” said Mike Prouty, Executive Director for the Great Lakes Forest Alliance.
Comment by Gregg Elliott on September 28, 2012 at 9:52am

Let a thousand restoration economies bloom!  Great little factsheet with Oregon restoration jobs statistics comparing to other employment sectors now available from EcoTrust.  OR_RestorationEconomy.pdf

Comment by Gregg Elliott on September 17, 2012 at 9:59am

Dovetail Partners report on Growing Forests for Water highlights Neuse River basin in NC.

Comment by Gregg Elliott on September 17, 2012 at 9:37am

A new version of InVEST software for valuing ecosystem services is available from the Natural Capital Project.  You can read about and download it here.

Comment by Gregg Elliott on August 6, 2012 at 8:23am
Comment by Gregg Elliott on July 30, 2012 at 4:39pm

New report provides guidelines for building a successful

water quality trading program.


Hillsboro, Oregon (July 30, 2012) -- Water quality is one of the most significant environmental issues facing watersheds across the country. States have used different forms of water quality trading over the last decades as a flexible tool for meeting water quality goals. This report gathers those successes, failures, and valuable lessons learned from pioneering groups to help new trading programs lay the groundwork for success.


A new report, titled, In it Together: A How-To Reference for Building Point-Nonpoint Water Quality Trading Programs(, lays out guidelines for groups who want to build water-quality trading programs.  In It Together was written by the Willamette Partnership, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Environmental Markets, the Pinchot Institute for Conservation, and the World Resources Institute.


It is a three-part report aimed to help groups who are in the planning stages of implementing a trading or offset program reduce start-up times, increase efficiencies, and establish the groundwork for long-term success.  Part 1 presents an overview and current status of point-nonpoint water quality trading programs, Part 2 is a design reference for building and operating water quality trading programs, and Part 3 features case study write-ups for water quality trading programs in North Carolina, the Pacific Northwest, and the Chesapeake Bay.


A companion paper titled Opportunities for Action proposes actions that federal and state authorities can take to help water quality programs launch, and most importantly, sustain themselves through to realized improvements in water quality. 


For questions about In It Together, please contact Bobby Cochran of the Willamette Partnership at 503-681-5112 or [email protected].


Comment by Gregg Elliott on July 30, 2012 at 4:38pm

EPA approves first-of-its-kind Wisconsin phosphorus control plan:

Comment by Gregg Elliott on July 1, 2012 at 6:43am

This is a resource I have not seen before, the Marketplace for Nature Portal lists various sites all across the country that are measuring, studying or marketing ecosystem services.  They say that NC Wildlife Resources Commission is one of the first to adapt and customize their very own, highly specialized Conservation Registry portal and mapping tool.


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