Skip to main content

Resource Catalog


Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Melissa M. Kreye; Damian C. Adams; Francisco J. Escobedo
Publication Date: May 2014

Forests protect water quality by reducing soil erosion, sedimentation, and pollution; yet there is little information about the economic value of conserving forests for water quality protection in much of the United States. To assess this value, we conducted a meta-analysis of willingness-to-pay (WTP) for protecting unimpaired waters, and econometrically determined several significant drivers of WTP: type of conservation instrument (tool), aquatic resource type, geographic context, spatial scale, time, and household income. Using a benefit transfer to two highly forested sites, we illustrate the importance of these factors on WTP for water quality protection programs, forest conservation and policy design.

Citation: Kreye, M. M., D. C. Adams, and F. J. Escobedo. 2014. The value of forest conservation for water quality protection. Forests, v. 5, no. 5, p. 862-884. 10.3390/f5050862.

Cataloging Information

Alaska    California    Eastern    Great Basin    Hawaii    Northern Rockies    Northwest    Rocky Mountain    Southern    Southwest    National
  • benefit transfer
  • conservation
  • conservation easement
  • conservation easements
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • ecosystem services and goods
  • fire dependent species
  • forest conservation policies
  • forest management
  • land use
  • water quality
  • water quality
  • willingness-to-pay
Tall Timbers Record Number: 30261Location Status: Not in fileCall Number: AvailableAbstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission
Record Last Modified:
Record Maintained By: FRAMES Staff (
FRAMES Record Number: 52987

This bibliographic record was either created or modified by Tall Timbers and is provided without charge to promote research and education in Fire Ecology. The E.V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database is the intellectual property of Tall Timbers.