Ecosystem Services in Working Lands: US Northeast

Research in this area might consist of impact assessments of recent programming to see current trends and where potential gaps may lie. This work could then be compared with expert perspectives such as those from the IPBES, as laid out in the table on the next page (Figure 17), which show such trends and their relative importance across the Americas. The graphic below reveals the trajectories of nature’s contributions to people (NCPs), the IPBES analogue to ecosystem services, as well as the services’ re lative importance in the context of climate change. A new research agenda for Agricultural Experiment Stations and Cooperative Extension networks might begin to ask whether these larger trends hold true across the U.S. Northeast, or more specifically, within particular states or other geographically meaningful boundaries. This might help identify gaps in current programming as well as specific producers/landowners and geographic areas of highest concern.

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