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Louisiana wetlands are worth a fortune in protection | Editorial

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Post Last Updated: December 2022

About This Piece

This piece was originally created & published in February 2018

I was so honored when we got picked up by the NOLA.com Editorial Board for our publication on Ecosystem Services in swamps. NOLA.com has huge readership, and the editorial did end up getting reposted in a few different places, too. It features quotes, stats, and information that ties our report into other groundbreaking and current news from the time.

Favorite Excerpts

"We shouldn't have to put a price tag on forests," said Sam Davis, the alliance's research director. "But when we do it shows just how valuable they are when we invest in their protection."

The Dogwood Alliance study of the economic value of Louisiana wetlands adds to that list: $21.7 billion in tourism and recreation; $12.5 billion in food and pollination; $18.3 billion in water supply and treatment, and $23.8 billion in handling water flow and "extreme events."

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