A Critical Perspective

Authored by: Mark Sagoff

Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138025080
eBook ISBN: 9781315775302
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Weyerhaeuser, one of the world’s largest producers of timber products, manages 20.5 million acres (32,500 square miles) of forests in North America, according to its website. This is about the size of Maine and three times the size of Maryland. To measure the value of the ecosystem services its vast plantations provide, including carbon sequestration, the corporation has adopted the categories used by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, i.e., provisioning services, regulating services, supporting services, and cultural services. The webpage does not give a total but its accounting suggests that the land it manages contributes each year more than $100 billion to society in ecosystem services.

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