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Forest Benefits and Values Lab

Mission: Advance understanding of the social and economic value of conserved ecosystems.

The ecosystem services provided by forests and wildlife enhance the health and wellbeing of humans. Unfortunately, many important services are in decline due to changes in ecosystem management and land use conversion.

We use quantitative methods and varied data sources to understand the social and economic values associated with forest conservation and restoration. Our research is used to help inform decision-making on public and private lands and is disseminated through the Penn State Forest Benefits and Values extension program.

Forest Benefits and Values Lab News

New Program Called Forest Benefits and Values Launches
March 28, 2019
Assistant Professor Melissa M. Kreye, at Penn State University Extension, is launching a new program called Forest Benefits and Values, to help advocates of conservation connect with the latest research about the value of conserved lands. This program will work with landowners, private conservation organizations and state agencies to advance their understanding of the social and economic value of conserved ecosystems.