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 several 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
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 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 3: Economic and Community Benefits of Stream Barrier Removal Projects
Phase 3 analyzed the long-term socioeconomic implications of stream barrier removals in Massachusetts.
Hoosic River Programming: Program and Feasibility Recommendations
DER engaged HR&A to develop a programming concept, assess potential visitation, and conduct a feasibility analysis for a research and educational center focused on urban river restoration on the Hoosic River in North Adams, MA. This memorandum presents the analysis and recommendations for the facility.
A quarterly electronic newsletter from the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (DER). If you would like to receive the DER Newsletter, please sign up here
Ebb&Flow Newsletter September, 2015 file size 1MB html version
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Ebb and Flow Newsletter #22 December, 2014 file size 3MB
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Ebb and Flow Newsletter #20 June, 2014 file size 2MB
Ebb and Flow Newsletter #19 March, 2014 file size 2MB
Strategic PlanDER Strategic Plan
An executive summary of the Division of Ecological Restoration's mission, five-year strategic goals and key initiatives.
DER Annual Reports
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