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A Northeast Region Program

Dennis Reidenbach
Regional Director



What is the Value of a Conserved River?

A new study assesses the economic impact of the Farmington River. The National Park Service and American Rivers selected the Farmington as a focus of a one-year study to evaluated whether healthy rivers are good for the economy as well as for people and wildlife.

Roger Moore and Christos Siderelis of North Carolina State University have completed the study which measures the direct and indirect economic impacts of the Wild and Scenic Farmington River on surrounding communities. The study was designed to help inform local landowners, business owners, and decision-makers about the economic impacts of protecting the river and serve as a model for communities across the nation that want to consider the economic value of river protection.

Study looks at both Expenditures and Land Values

Researchers gathered empirical data on how much money recreationists spend along the Farmington River corridor during 2001-2002 and how those expenditures directly and indirectly affected the local economy. They also evaluated land values along the river.

The study was jointly sponsored by American Rivers, Inc. and the National Park Service Park Planning and Special Studies and Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Programs.

Learn More About the Study Entitled Use and Economic Importance of the West Branch of the Farmington River
by Roger Moore and Christos Siderelis of North Carolina State University, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management by visiting the American Rivers, Inc. Website.

Download the Study as a PDF file (2.8 MG)

Download the Study Questionaire (921 KB)

Link to Other Studies of the Benefits of Outdoor Recreation

Link to Suggested Readings on the Benefits of Outdoor Recreation

Last Updated:
July 18, 2008