Protecting wildlife: dollars and sense

Canadian forest - Peter Kelly photo
There’s a clear environmental argument for preserving wildlife habitat and the species whom inhabit them. There’s also a clear ethical argument for the same. But advocates are routinely told that economically, preservation is not feasible. Not anymore.

In a recent article, Wisconsin Public Radio revealed a new study from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services that shows wildlife refuges are having a positive – if not booming – impact on communities.

“The study found that for every budget dollar spent on [The Upper Mississippi River Refuge], about $45 went back to local communities,” the article stated.

A University Herald article citing the same study noted that wildlife refuges in the United States now represent a $2.4 billion industry.

In Ontario, the David Suzuki Foundation has found similar economic impacts are incurred by unused farmland and green spaces in what is known as the Whitebelt.

“Using valuation techniques from the field of natural capital economics, the study estimates that the Whitebelt Study Area's rich tapestry of natural and agricultural assets provides more than $122 million in economic benefits a year for communities throughout the region,” noted a news release from the Foundation.

And in British Columbia it’s well documented that the protection of grizzly bears – and the subsequent eco-tourism derived from that – is quickly outperforming traditional hunting and trapping of the same animals, according to a study from the Raincoast Conservation Foundation.

Protecting the environment and wildlife makes sense environmentally, ethically and, clearly, economically. It’s just good dollars and sense.

APFA is proud to protect wildlife through co-existence programs and ongoing educational initiatives. To find out how you can help us protect wild families like beavers, coyotes and other fur-bearers, click here.

Photo by Peter Kelly

Help Make A Difference

Join The Fur-Bearers today and help us protect fur-bearing animals in the wild and confinement. To become a monthly donor (for as little as $10/month – the cost of two lattes) please click here and help us save lives today. Your donation is tax-deductible.


Latest Posts

Defender Radio

Listen To The Latest
  • Listen To The Latest

About Us

Established in 1953, The Fur-Bearers is a charitable, non-partisan organization whose goals are to end the commercial fur trade and promote solutions for wildlife coexistence in communities. Your donation is tax-deductible. Charitable registration number: 130006125RR0002

1% For The Planet Partner

Pin It on Pinterest

Scroll to Top