This publication was produced in collaboration with WRA, Inc., Conservation Investment Management, and the University of Wyoming’s Ruckelshaus Institute.
Paying for Stewardship
A Western Landowners’ Guide to Conservation Finance
Restoring habitat, water courses, and soils have costs, and unfortunately, mainstream agricultural policy passes them not to taxpayers or consumers, but to farmers and ranchers. This guide presents some ways landowners can earn compensation for their stewardship efforts directly or indirectly—schemes sometimes referred to as payments for ecosystem services, ecosystem services markets, or conservation finance. It goes beyond description to provide illustrative case studies of these strategies at work.
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