Protecting Wild Landscapes Sustains Natural Resources and Communities
Biological diversity, healthy ecosystems, and strong economies depend on the strategic conservation of large, intact landscapes that support wildlife habitat, clean water, carbon sequestration, and recreational opportunities. For instance, hunting, fishing, camping, cycling, boating, and other outdoor recreation account for $788 billion in gross economic output and generate 5.2 million jobs nationwide annually.
Yet more than 300 million of the 430 million acres of lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, or 70% of existing federal public lands, remain open to development.
For more information on Pew’s work with partners to conserve important wild landscapes, see the resources below.