Wetlands and Agriculture: Private Interests and Public Benefits
Ralph E. Heimlich,
Keith D. Wiebe,
Dwight M. Gadsby and
Robert M. House
No 34043, Agricultural Economics Reports from United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service
Society has recently increased the value it places on the services that wetlands provide, including water quality improvements, flood control, wildlife habitat, and recreation. However, owners of wetlands are often unable to profit from these services because the benefits created are freely enjoyed by many. This report examines differences between public and private incentives regarding wetlands. Federal wetland policy has shifted in recent decades--from encouraging wetland conversion to encouraging wetland protection and restoration--in an effort to balance public and private objectives. The report assesses the need for continued wetlands protection policies as the United States approaches achieving the goal of no net loss of wetlands.
Keywords: wetlands; "no net loss"; Swampbuster; conservation; restoration; Land Economics/Use (search for similar items in EconPapers)
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations View citations in EconPapers (12) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:ags:uerser:34043
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in Agricultural Economics Reports from United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Contact information at EDIRC.
Series data maintained by AgEcon Search ().