NCLWF Lunch Box Talk: Ecosystem Services
Due to the COVID19 pandemic, this meeting will only be available to the public by teleconference. Please contact Sydney McDaniel at email@example.com to request a meeting invitation/call-in for the meeting.
As part of the North Carolina Natural and Working Lands working group, Katie Warnell and Lydia Olander (Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University) mapped opportunities for preserving and enhancing natural and working lands throughout the state, and assessed the carbon, resilience, and other ecosystem service benefits that these lands provide. This work informed the NWL Action Plan and is summarized in a series of StoryMaps. They are now working with Katie Krejsa, a Duke master’s student, to use these maps to examine the ecosystem service benefits provided by 186 properties protected through the NCLWF between 2015 and 2019, as well as additional benefits that could be supported through reforestation on some of the properties. Specific benefits include protecting communities from flood damage and water quality issues related to flooding, mitigating urban heat, protecting drinking water quality, storing and sequestering carbon, and providing open space for recreation.