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Mapping the Benefits of Our Ecosystems
July 1, 2013
We rely on our physical environment for many things--clean water, land for crops or pastures, storm water absorption, and recreation, among others. Yet it has been challenging to figure out how to sustain the many benefits people obtain from nature--so-called "ecosystem services"--in any given landscape because an improvement in one may come at the cost of another.
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