Tools for the Restoration Economy
The Economic Impacts of Restoration Calculator for Oregon Counties v. 1.0 and User Guide are designed to help restoration practitioners forecast and estimate county-level economic impacts of ecological restoration activity for all 36 Oregon counties. The calculator allows project managers to translate proposed project spending into predicted county-level employment, earnings, and overall economic impact for their proposed restoration activities. To use the calculator you will need to download both the calculator and user guide.
The Quick Guide for Monitoring Economic Impacts of Ecosystem Restoration and Stewardship offers simple instructions for monitoring actual economic impacts of restoration including jobs, job quality, and contracting opportunities. This guide is intended for community-based organizations like watershed councils, soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs), forest and watershed restoration collaboratives, tribal natural resource managers, and other land managers and agencies who are interested in developing a better understanding of the jobs and economic opportunities that forest and watershed restoration support. The quick guide is available for download here.
What is the difference between the calculator and the monitoring guide?
The calculator is meant only to estimate impacts based on models developed using county-level data from previous restoration investments. It does not monitor actual economic impacts of restoration project spending. The monitoring guide, on the other hand, provides instructions for monitoring actual economic impacts of restoration including jobs, job quality, and contracting opportunities.
For more information about the economic impacts of restoration you can download the following EWP publications:
For more resources see The Socioeconomic Benefits of Restoration.