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
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.
the Study as a PDF file (2.8 MG)
the Study Questionaire (921 KB)
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