“We have to know that those very things that draw us to a particular area will ultimately be the primary forces that allow it to survive and prosper; they are the community’s real economic base.”
Lost Landscapes and Failed Economies: The Search For A Value Of Place, Thomas Michael Power
Almost every bite of food I’ve put in my mouth from childhood ’til now has come from nature, but my parents didn’t garden. Because other people valued nature and spent money to live near it, visit it, or recreate in it, nature fed us. And nature fed my neighbors who fished, farmed, raised trees as crops, or guided sports.
Our woods, waters, and wildlife resources are multi-billion and trillion dollar assets that sustain us in Maine, across the country, and around the world. Often invisible, these resources are defenseless against a relentless tide of development, fragmentation, and loss.
ValueNature is about nature, money, and jobs. It’s a tool to make nature’s economic value visible. It’s a tool to prove that our woods, waters and wildlife assets often deliver more value intact and whole—than when they are altered, degraded, or destroyed. Please use it as a tool to defend the natural world.
ValueNature is based on earlier Maine Audubon projects, Valuing the Nature of Maine and Watching Out for Maine’s Wildlife. Fifteen years ago, these reports and bibliography helped prevent an assault on Maine’s resource protection laws. Now it’s time to update this tool and share it with a wider audience.
ValueNature may be in the digital clouds, but its mission is down to earth, on earth.
Share the Wealth! Share knowledge, articles, reports, links, sites, and research from Maine and everywhere. Together we can grow a voice and build a knowledge base that will make nature’s economic value visible and powerful. (Click on Add More Economic Material.)