Ecosystem Services and Federal Public Lands: Start-Up Policy Questions and Research Needs
J. B. Ruhl
Vanderbilt University - Law School
January 27, 2010
FSU College of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 412
Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum, 2010
Vanderbilt Public Law Research Paper No. 13-20
This Essay, based on a presentation at Duke Law School’s 2009 symposium, Next Generation Conservation: The Government's Role in Emerging Ecosystem Service Markets, briefly examines the emerging policy front of ecosystem services and federal public lands and proposes a set of key policy questions, research needs, and options for building on what policy work has been done to date. Part I outlines the basic context for thinking about the role federal public lands might play in the management of ecosystem services and why it is worth considering using the ecosystem services concept in public land policy. Part II proposes several key research paths that must be addressed before federal lands can be effectively managed for ecosystem service flows. Part III bears down on the different roles federal lands might play in promoting or participating in markets for ecosystem services.
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Date posted: January 28, 2010 ; Last revised: April 22, 2013
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