Vermont’s Return on Investment in Land Conservation: A Report Release

August 24, 2018 | 

Updated: September 5, 2018

The Trust for Public Land conducted an economic analysis and found that every $1 invested in land conservation by the state returns $9 in economic value in natural goods and services, such as water quality protection, flood mitigation, and food production, to the Vermont economy.

As part of the report release and VYCC’s integral part in conservation efforts in Vermont, Breck Knauft, Executive Director of the VYCC said, “When young people spend time outside, they’re healthier and they become advocates.”

State investment in land conservation also supports critical industries in Vermont that depend on the availability of high-quality protected land and water such as forestry, farming, outdoor recreation, and tourism. Conservation investments support jobs in these important industries and reinforce Vermonters’ strong sense of place.

Read the full report here.

Vermont’s Return on Investment in Land Conservation

A Report Release hosted by the Vermont Forest Partnership

Wednesday, September 5 at 10 a.m.

West Monitor Barn (VYCC) 1949 East Main St., Richmond, VT

RSVP to or 802-223-1371 ext. 10

Join us to hear the results of a ground-breaking study that shows the connection of land conservation to the Vermont economy and jobs, including: natural goods and services, recreation, fishing, hunting, farming, timber, tourism, and more.

Meet and hear from statewide leaders in business, youth services, public health, municipalities, and land conservation organizations, including:

  • Charlie Hancock, Consulting Forester
  • Breck Knauft, Executive Director, VYCC
  • Marisa Parisi, Executive Director, Rise VT
  • Ben Rose, Recovery & Mitigation Chief, Vermont Emergency Management
  • Win Smith, President and CEO, Sugarbush Resort
  • Geoff Urbanik, Town Manager, Town of Richmond
  • Additional speakers to be finalized.

Report funded by the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, Doris Duke Charitable Trust, the Vermont Forest Partnership, and prepared by the Trust for Public Land.