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Ecosystem services in the Roanoke River basin


March 2018 - October 2019


This project will examine a broad suite of ecosystem services such as clean water and water-based recreation, including their spatial distribution and value, across the Roanoke River basin (RRB). This information will provide a foundation on which citizens, planners, and resource managers can understand and prioritize actions to restore ecosystem function in the RRB.
The project also will develop and publish open-source software to connect spatial and tabular information on land cover/use and ecosystem benefits to facilitate future calculations of ecosystem service value. The project is a collaboration among USGS, Key-Log Economics LLC, and Virginia Tech.
1) Advance understanding of the relationships among human and natural systems in the RRB;
2) Equip stakeholders with information to support land conservation, river restoration, and sustainable
economic development actions;
3) Apply and test selected tools and techniques designed to assess ecosystem services.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 10

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 13

Scientific Publications: 72

Presentations: 118



Funding Agencies

  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation


Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  4. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  5. Wildlife Management Institute