The Jobs Case for Conservation

Creating Opportunity Through Stewardship of America’s Public Lands

This report from the Center for American Progress looks at recent research on the direct, indirect, and induced jobs created by the conservation economy—recreation, renewable energy, restoration, and sustainable land management.

This report identifies 15 policies that have created or will create jobs by supporting conservation and restoration. No national studies on employment stimulated by restoration and sustainable forest management activities have been undertaken. Thus, one key recommendation in this report is that the government and independent analysts undertake a federal agency-wide study on the jobs that have been and could be created from the restoration and sustainable management of forests and watersheds.

It is important to note that this paper does not compare the relative benefits of developing versus conserving public lands. Rather, it seeks to highlight and draw attention to the often-overlooked conservation economy, made up of professions in the recreation, renewable energy, restoration, and sustainable land management industries. Also, the conservation of lands provides social and economic benefits that are additive to job creation. Clean air, clean water, crop pollination, and services provided by intact landscapes are valuable public health and social welfare advantages that should be considered when valuing conservation and land protection.

Attached document published September 2011

More articles in this category

Workforce Development: A Resource Guide for Parks and Recreation

posted Oct 11, 2023

The term “workforce development” might not resonate with you or your agency at first glance, but chances are, at some level, your organization is already engaging in workforce development efforts.

Why Green Jobs Plans Matter and Where US Cities Stand in Implementing Them

posted Oct 10, 2023

Preparing a climate-ready workforce requires an all-hands-on-deck approach among public and private leaders across the country—including federal policymakers, state community college systems, and individual employers—but these capacity-related gaps often come to ground in U.S. cities and regions.

Centering Youth in Green Workforce Development

posted Oct 10, 2023

This Action Guide aims to provide practical and actionable guidance to International Development Organizations (IDOs) on how to better respond to the diverse needs of young people as their countries undergo complex transitions to a greener economy.

Outdoor Rec Drives Jobs

posted Oct 9, 2023

The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable partnered with Oregon State University’s Center for the Outdoor Recreation Economy to look deeper into the career paths, workforce needs, and future opportunities across America’s outdoor recreation economy.

490 views • posted 10/14/2023