Cooperative Extension produces public value through educational programming that benefits the greater community. Forests provide numerous valuable benefits to society through the provision of ecosystem services. Cooperative Extension educational programming positively affects forest owners, who, in turn, conduct actions that enhance ecosystem services. An understudied relationship exists between Cooperative Extension and ecosystem services that can be drawn on to document Extension's public value. Applying ecosystem services values to Extension natural resources–related programmatic outcomes through benefit transfer provides an avenue through which Extension can potentially make significant advancements in monetizing its public value.
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Goerlich, D. L., Munsell, J. F., Boyd, H. H., & Moeltner, K. (2021). Demonstrating the Public Value of Extension Forestry Programming Through Benefit Transfer Analysis. The Journal of Extension, 57(6), Article 6. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol57/iss6/6