Multi-resource, Ecological Goods and Services, Bio-energy Analyses
Over the last several years, newly emerging markets have begun to appear for a wide variety of goods and services which have previously been provided freely by forest lands. In particular, carbon sequestration credits, clean water credits, bio-diversity credits and bio-energy credits are rapidly becoming significant factors in how forests and rural lands are being managed. Over the last decade, D.R. systems has routinely included these types of new 'products' in the development of sustainable, integrated resource management plans for forested and rural landscapes. With the current rapid rises in eco-tourism and especially energy costs, in some areas, forests are now more valuable for energy production or ecological-based tourism than for more traditional lumber and pulp products.