Restore a Nation

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    1: Restoration is defined as re-establishing self-sustaining habitats and building resilience to support native species now and in the future.

    2: Restoration is more important than ever given that wildfires and floods are on the increase; coastal wetlands are shrinking; and wildlife are under increasing stress as changing temperatures make their traditional homes unsustainable.

    3: This ecological challenge threatens to become an economic challenge for countless communities, since national parks directly:

    • Support $13.3 billion in private sector activity
    • Maintain 267,000 jobs
    • Provide $4.8 billion in wages

    NPCA has joined the Outdoor Industry Association and 75 outdoor businesses in calling on Congress to protect public lands from climate change impacts and fund restoration projects to create American jobs. To view the text of the letter to Congress, please click here.

Related Content:

NPCA Reports

Made in America: Investing in National Parks for Our Heritage and Our Economy
November 2011
This report finds national parks at a turning point as Super Committee deadline nears. America’s national parks are wise investments, supporting our heritage and economy nationwide.

Making Connections: Building a healthy future for Shenandoah National Park and its gateway communities
January 2010

Climate Change and National Park Wildlife: A Survival Guide for a Warming World
August 2009

From the Winter 2010 Issue of National Parks:

Investing in Waterfront Property

There’s an App for That
Desert Prophets: Will Joshua Trees survive climate change?

1: the economic benefits of restoring the lands and waters of our national parks
2: investments to protect economies and create American jobs on American lands

This report demonstrates the importance of investing in ecological restoration projects in and around our national parks. A changing climate can mean increased wildfires, droughts, and floods; decreased coastal wetland habit, and amplified stress for wildlife as  existing habitats become unsuitable for sustaining their populations. But by addressing and attempting to alleviate the impacts of climate change, we enhance our economy and our job outlook. There is evidence of a direct correlation between restoring ecosystems and sustained economic growth.  

What does it mean to “restore” a river, a national park, or for that matter, a nation?

National parks are not only a source of inspiration and recreation, they are a community anchor. They create jobs and support families in cities and towns across the country and they can be harnessed to restore our public lands and our nation.


Re·store·á·Nation: The Economic Benefits of Restoring the Lands and Waters of our National Parks highlights the need for continuing investments in restoration projects to sustain economies, maintain healthy ecosystems, address climate change, and create American jobs.

The report includes examples from: California, the Great Lakes, Louisiana, Maine, Connecticut, Washington, Colorado, and Arkansas. Click here to view a slide show of report images and projects.

Re·store·á·Nation highlights projects throughout the country that demonstrate economic benefits, including:

  • Restoring coastal wetlands in Connecticut was significantly correlated with an average increase in housing values of more than $11,000.
  • Implementing a comprehensive Great Lakes restoration strategy could support nearly $50 billion in economic activity in the region.
  • Restoring the Elwha River in Olympic National Park is projected to generate 1,200 new jobs in Clallam County, Washington.
  • Implementing Florida’s state climate action plan would generate 148,000 jobs over 16 years, including nearly 40,000 jobs restoring and establishing forests.

The report also includes the findings of a recent study that found conserving or restoring land instead of using it for industrial development is correlated with sustained economic growth.

Economic Performance in Park Gateway Regions
Figure 1: Gateway counties—those adjacent to national parks, public lands, and wilderness areas—outperform the nation as a whole in job growth, personal income growth, and population growth.

It also found that ecosystem restoration projects have shown impressive economic returns, some approaching 80 percent.

Ecosystem Restoration Return on Investment
Figure 2: New research shows that investments in ecosystem restoration projects offer substantial returns.

Re·store·á·Nation concludes that taking action now and investing in work that helps lands and animals respond to the earth’s changing climate—work that restores our ecosystems and essential habitats—will benefit not only wildlife and our national parks, but American communities.

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