Christoph Nolte publishes on ties between conservation and economic growth

Assistant Professor Christoph Nolte has contributed to “Assessing the local economic impacts of land protection,” just published in the journal Conservation Biology. The study explores the link between increases in land protection and employment. “Employment gains were modest but significant across the region, and the effect was amplified in more rural areas,” says Kate Sims, Chair of the Economics Department at Amherst College and a co-lead author of the study. To illustrate the study’s results, she explained that if a town with 50,000 people employed increased its land protection by 50%, it could expect to see 750 additional people employed in the next five years. Click on the link above to read the article, and follow coverage with New England Public Radio and Harvard Forest.