Ranchers and family forest landowners face complex challenges, including competing land uses, pressure from environmental regulations, and low profitability. Landowners may benefit from growing demand for ecosystem services associated with working landscapes. Payment for ecosystem services (PES) programs can be very complex, and landowners need information and support from known, trusted sources like Extension. Extension personnel in our study area had limited involvement with PES. We developed educational resources for Extension to help landowners navigate PES opportunities. The resources are based on research into the potential of PES to enhance prosperity for ranchers and forest landowners in the Interior Northwest.
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Gwin, L., & Pomeroy, A. (2015). Linking Agricultural Landowners with Payments for Ecosystem Services in the Interior Northwest: Resources for Extension. The Journal of Extension, 53(4), Article 25. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol53/iss4/25