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Knight, Rick, author

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Two-thirds of the U.S. is private land and, on average, two out of every three acres of planet Earth are degraded. Ecosystem services have developing economic markets associated with them, but degraded lands allow few such services to be harvested. There is a growing awareness among land owners of these potential new revenue streams. In times to come economists, ecologists and land owners will increasingly work together for land health and economic prosperity.


Presented at the Fall 2010 Center for Collaborative Conservation ( Seminar and Discussion Series, "Collaborative Conservation in Practice: Ecosystem Services and Environmental Markets", November 2, 2010, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. This series focused on the role of payments for ecosystem services (PES) in collaborative conservation efforts across the Western U.S. and around the world.
Rick Knight is a professor of Wildlife Conservation at Colorado State University. His most recent book is titled "Conservation for a New Generation", co-edited with Courtney White. He sits on the boards of the Quivira Coalition, the Colorado Cattleman's Agricultural Land Trust, Ranchers Stewardship Alliance, Diablo Trust, and Resources First Foundation. In 2007, Colorado State University awarded him the Board of Governor's Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.

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ecosystem services
land health


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