The Wildlife Habitat Benefits Estimation Toolkit is a set of easy-to-use spreadsheet-based valuation models, tables and databases directed at land use and wildlife planners and others interested in estimating the economic benefits associated with wildlife and habitat conservation in specific geographic regions. It includes a literature review, shows the methods applied in the development of the estimation model and valuation tables, detailed user manuals, and several presentations that provide an overview of the toolkit.
The toolkit comprises models that generate estimates of:
Changes in property values that result from increases or decreases in nearby open space.
Net economic benefit per activity day for participation in wildlife-associated recreation activities (fishing, hunting, wildlife-watching);
Visitation numbers for wildlife-associated recreation for an existing wildlife refuge or state game management area (or changes in visitation from the expansion/reduction of the acreage of that land)
The annual value of the ecosystem services provided by terrestrial and aquatic habitat or wetlands.
The toolkit includes a literature review of the impacts of land conservation on economic competitiveness of a community. It also provides a set of reports that contain literature reviews and present the methods applied in the development of the estimation model and valuation tables, detailed user manuals that include a series of application examples, and several presentations that provide an overview of the toolkit.