Environmental markets? Environmental services? What do these terms mean? How can these markets benefit farming and ranching? How do environmental services benefit water, wildlife, and other natural resources?
A few years ago, the American Farmland Trust issued A Guide to Environmental Markets for Farmers and Ranchers (download in PDF format from AFT) to help answer these questions.
“Farms provide environmental services of immense value to the rest of society,” wrote one of the authors. AFT’s guide was written to help farmers and landowners understand environmental market opportunities and guide them toward finding more information.
- An Introduction to Environmental Markets
- Current Status of Environmental Markets in Washington
- Getting Involved in Markets
- What Farmers and Ranchers Can Do to Encourage Environmental Markets
While the guide was written for farmers and ranchers in Washington state, it also provides basic information that applies to environmental markets across the United States.
The Clackamas County SWCD has a number of these guides in stock. If you’d like one, please contact Lisa Kilders at 503-210-6002.