Habitat restoration brought Oregon $977M in economic activity, Ecotrust reports
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
A new Ecotrust report estimates that restoration projects such as this one in Grant County brought more than $977 million in economic activity to Oregon in the last decade. Click on the image to see more of the study's results.
Ecotrust Thursday released data showing that watershed and fish habitat restoration projects generated $977.5 million in economic activity and created some 6,483 jobs between 2001 and 2010.
"Restoration can drive economic development and job creation, particularly in rural communities that have suffered from persistently high unemployment rates," said Spencer B. Beebe, president and founder of Ecotrust, in a press release. "And, unlike in many other sectors of our economy, restoration jobs can’t be outsourced to far-off places."
Projects to restore habitats can involve construction workers, landscapers, heavy equipment operators and technical experts such as engineers and wildlife biologists. They can also create demand for local businesses, such as plant nurseries and quarries.
Ecotrust also points to a recent national study published in Marine Policy analyzing job creation and other economic impacts from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration restoration projects. That study found that an average of 17 jobs were created for $1 million invested.
University of Oregon's Ecosystem Workforce Program last year released an online tool to help restoration projects measure their economic impact.
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