Discover Ecosystems

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Ecosystems and the wild things that live in them are the foundation of our conservation heritage and an economic asset to current and future generations of Americans. Healthy ecosystems support living things and natural processes that bring prosperity and enjoyment for all Americans. 

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$58.1 BILLION
Estimated economic output of DOI-managed lands with 486 million visits estimating $33.4 billion of contributions to GDP supported by 452,000 jobs.1

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$120 BILLION
The lower end of the annual environmental, economic, and health-related costs of invasive species.2

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$235+ BILLION
Worth of annual global food production relies on pollination from honey bees, native bees, and flies.3 

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$50 MILLION
Nationwide estimate of the average annual costs of harmful algal blooms, representing $20 million for public health.4 

21 SPECIES
Federally listed threatened or endangered species in the U.S. for which road mortality is among the major threats to the survival of the species.5

$23 BILLION
Yearly value of agriculture industry impacted by bat population declined because of White-nose Syndrome (WNS).6

$75 BILLION
Net impact of wild-land fire economic impact across the U.S.7

$9 BILLION
Annual losses because of drought, which is a serious hazard with substantial socioeconomic risks for the U.S.8  

$54 BILLION
Total expected annual economic losses from most types of damage caused by hurricane winds and storm-related flooding.9  

$95.8 BILLION
Estimated annual contribution to GDP by conventional and renewable energy projects on DOI lands.10  

 

ECOSYSTEMS
science and data helping to answer serious questions

POLICY MAKERS
“What is the economic impact of invasive species on the U.S. economy?”

WILDLIFE MANAGERS
“What is the current and future status of species of conservation concern?”

ENERGY DEVELOPERS
“Where would development yield the most gain with the least impact on fish and wildlife habitats?”

LAND MANAGERS
“Where are critical big game migration routes for land-use planning?”

LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
“What lingering impacts will our community see from recent wild-land fire?”

WATER MANAGERS
“What are the future projections of water availability in large basins across the U.S.?”

EMERGENCY MANAGERS
“What ecosystem impacts from hurricanes and associated flooding will be of most concern to public health and safety?” 

THE AMERICAN PUBLIC
“Why should fish and wildlife and their habitats matter to me?”


Sources:

  1. https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/uploads/doi-fy2019-afr.pdf
  2. https://www.fws.gov/verobeach/PythonPDF/CostofInvasivesFactSheet.pdf
  3. https://www.forbes.com/sites/bayer/2019/10/14/the-value-of-pollinators-to-the-ecosystem-and-our-economy/#228d9f367a1d
  4. https://www.whoi.edu/redtide/page.do?pid=15315
  5. https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/safety/08034/08034.pdf
  6. https://www.fs.fed.us/research/invasive-species/terrestrial-animals/white-nose-syndrome.php#:~:text=
  7. https://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/SpecialPublications/NIST.SP.1215.pdf 
  8. https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/news/drought-monitoring-economic-environmental-and-social-impacts
  9. https://www.cbo.gov/publication/55019
  10. https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/uploads/doi-fy2019-afr.pdf


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