Texas Land Trust Council
Valuing Economic Benefits of Texas Conservation Lands January 2019
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The El Paso region sits within the northern portion of the Chihuahuan Desert, one of the three most biologically diverse deserts in the world. The Rio Grande is one of the world’s major rivers and its waters are the lifeblood of the El Paso region. Outdoor recreation is part of our way of life from fishermen to children who play in the parks. Protecting our natural areas will ensure that we still have places to hike, bike, boat and see wildlife or just enjoy the peace and quiet of nature.
Whether we live in the city or the countryside, we rely on the natural systems that support us, affect our health and happiness and give us a sense of place, pride and identity. Having clean water and air and plenty of natural open spaces attracts businesses and will improve our living standards. A healthy natural environment is a cost effective tool to support economic growth, improve public health and enhance quality of life. Our ranchers and farmers are great stewards of their land and play a vital role in the protection of water, wildlife, animal corridors, healthy soil and food production.
Our vision is to facilitate a shared community desire and motivation to protect out natural world for future generations. In the future the region will enjoy steady water supplies, ample open space, and well-planned growth, achieved through effective public-private partnerships to protect current resources. Together we can make smarter choices, and pass on to future generations the beauty, wildlife, water and natural resources we have today. Investing in conservation is also an investment in our economy through working farms and ranches, clean water, and energy—all natural resources we rely on for our quality of life.
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