Restoration Economy in Massachusetts

DER’s work is driven by the core principle that public funds spent on restoration should maximize the return on investment in terms of social, economic, and ecological benefits. While the value of restoring degraded habitats has long been recognized in Massachusetts, until recently the economic effects had not been empirically evaluated. To address this information gap, DER has commissioned two studies since 2011 that evaluate and quantify the economic benefits produced by the Division’s projects.

Economic Benefits from Aquatic Ecological Restoration Projects in Massachusetts

A summary of the three phases of investigation

Economic Benefits from Aquatic Ecological Restoration Projects in Massachusetts: Summary of Three Phases of Investigation  pdf format of Economic Benefits of Restoration Summary
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Phase 1: Economic Impacts of Ecological Restoration in Massachusetts

Phase 1 analyzed the expenditures for four representative projects and entered them into a model of the Massachusetts economy. 

Phase 1 Economic Impacts of Ecological Restoration in Massachusetts  pdf format of Economic Impacts of Ecological Restoration in MA

Phase 2: Estimates of Ecosystem Service Values from Ecological Restoration Projects in Massachusetts

Phase 2 of the study estimates the economic value of selected ecosystem services improved by DER projects.

Phase 2 Estimates of Ecosystem Service Values from Ecological Restoration Projects in Massachusetts  pdf format of Estimates of Ecosystem Service Values from Restoration
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Phase 3: Economic and Community Benefits of Stream Barrier Removal Projects 

Phase 3 analyzed the long-term socioeconomic implications of stream barrier removals in Massachusetts.

Phase 3 Economic & Community Benefits from Stream Barrier Removal Projects in Massachusetts  pdf format of Economic & Community Benefits of Stream Barrier Removal
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Strategic Plan

DER Strategic Plan pdf format of DER Strategic Plan Summary

An executive summary of the Division of Ecological Restoration's mission, five-year strategic goals and key initiatives.

DER Annual Reports

DER Annual Report 2015  pdf format of DER Annual Report 2015
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DER Annual Report 2014  pdf format of DER Annual Report 2014
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DER Annual Report 2013  pdf format of DER Annual Report 2013
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DER Annual Report 2012  pdf format of DER Annual Report 2012
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DER Annual Report 2011 pdf format of der_annual_report_2011.pdf
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DER Annual Report 2010 pdf format of der_annual_report_2010.pdf
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DER Annual Report 2009 pdf format of annual.report.09.draft8.pdf
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