The Restoration Economy Offers a New Model for Conservation
The restoration economy is an approach to conservation that includes a wide variety of activities that reconnect people to the natural world and heal the land, while providing skills for people to earn a living by caring for the place they live. This is accomplished by:
- Enhancing grassland productivity helps ranchers stay in business, improves habitat for wildlife, and keeps open land open for scenic views and wildlife.
- Restoring streams and streamside vegetation improves wildlife habitat, provides water for towns and farms, and enhances opportunities for hikers, bikers, birds, and campers.
- Restoring degraded agricultural lands improves wildlife habitat, builds carbon and water-holding capacity in arable soils, and provides opportunities for small-scale farms and nurseries at a time when rural economies are otherwise lagging.
- Large-scale collaboration, creating partnerships at every level – often filling gaps that other organizations and agencies cannot.