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Economic and environmental implications of alternative landscape designs in the Walnut Creek Watershed of Iowa

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This resource aims to model different decision-making processes related to different management strategies and value systems to guide managers in making choices appropriate to regional qualities and objectives.

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This resource provides in-depth analysis of the costs and benefits of each management scenario, allowing stakeholders to choose which would best suit their needs
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While these scenarios could be generally applied to similar agricultural scenarios, different environmental qualities may need to be considered in different global ecosystems
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This resource compares three landscape scenarios for a Midwestern agricultural watershed, with each proposed management strategy prioritizing one of three values: agricultural productivity, water quality, and biodiversity. The economic and environmental implications of each scenario are evaluated to determine the associated costs and benefits to the future of the region.


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