It is important for restoration practitioners to forecast and estimate the local economic impacts of ecological restoration. Restoration calculators are valuable tools that allow project managers to translate proposed restoration project spending into predicted county-level:

  • Employment
  • Earnings
  • Overall economic impact


Current Restoration Calculators

             Download the user guide.




Local Capture Explorer Tool


The Local Capture Explorer Tool uses recent Forest Service contract award data to help users identify when contracts are likely to be awarded locally for forest and watershed restoration projects on national forests in Oregon.

"Local capture" is the award of restoration contracts to local firms. In this case we define local firms or businesses as those that are located in a county the touches the national forest of interest.

To use the Explorer tool you will need to download the tool, which contains instructions for use.


Key Publications:

  Featured Fact Sheets


Economic Impacts from Blue Mountains National Forests Restoration: Tracking Investments in Eastern Oregon

  Featured Briefing Papers

The Employment and Economic Impacts of Forest and Watershed Restoration in Oregon Briefing Paper

  Featured Working Paper

Economic and Employment Impacts of Forest and Watershed Restoration in Oregon Working Paper