Several federal agencies have already begun exploring or applying ecosystem services in their decision processes. This section of the guidebook, authored primarily by agency staff, provides a range of specific examples of these efforts—from analyses of ecosystem services in specific decision contexts like national forest planning and siting of energy infrastructure to discussions of ways to integrate the ecosystem services concept into institutional programs and operations.
These examples are a mix of those published by the National Ecosystem Services Partnership upon printing of the guidebook in 2014 and others that agencies have since created.
Describes a collaborative effort to protect habitat for sage-grouse in advance of the species’ potential listing by the Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act.
Describes a program that defines how utility-scale solar energy is considered and developed on BLM-managed lands.
Describes how pollination services have received increased attention over the past several years, and protecting foraging area is beginning to be reflected in conservation policy. Includes prospects for doing so in a more analytically rigorous manner, by quantifying the pollination services for sites being considered for ecological restoration.
Describes a systematic approach to quantifying benefits of conservation programs.
Describes conservation practices on farms within the Western Lake Erie Basin used to illustrate methods for estimating monetary values and non-monetary benefit indicators for five ecosystem service benefits generated by improved water quality.
Describes how the use of detailed forest inventory data was used to project the carbon impacts of a range of modeled policies through 2060.
Describes how the NOx/SOx standards review set a precedent for use of ecosystem services in risk assessments and provides examples of the methodologies for doing.
Describes the potential of an ecosystem services approach to habitat management to yield co-benefits.
Explores the ways that an ecosystem services approach to planning could help partners achieve multiple shared goals.
Describes partnership-building efforts dependent on an ecosystem services framework illuminating the watershed’s services provision.
Describes Forest Service efforts to integrate ecosystem services in planning, performance and partnerships.
Describes how the Forest Service is integrating ecosystem services into national policy and operations, related to decision making, prioritizing, measuring, reporting, communicating, and investing in forest management.
Describes a bioregional assessment of ecosystem services in California (USFS region 5) designed to information forest-level planning.
Describes a project-level planning pilot in the Willamette National Forest.
Describes a project-level planning pilot in the Deschutes National Forest.
Describes how the USFS is implementing the ecosystem services requirement in its 2012 Planning Rule.
Describes efforts within the USFS to institutionalize and coordinate ecosystem services activities.
Describes NOAA’s efforts to support the scientific, policy, and economic framework needed to increase use of information on coastal wetland’s carbon sequestration potential in coastal management.
Describes a research project that explores the importance of using an ecosystem services framework to include the effects of watershed-based activities and climate change in management of marine coastal resources.
Describes efforts by the National Park Service to assess how Ozone damage has affected the provisioning of some ecosystem services in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Describes the results of a multi-agency, inter-disciplinary workshop held to identify and explore the linkages between air quality in protected park areas, ecosystem services, and human beneficiaries.