LLG led the analysis of lost recreational uses and ecological services as a result of a proposed gas pipeline project traversing several Pennsylvania state parks. Three models were used to quantify and monetize the benefits lost in recreation, wetland services, and tree functions (stormwater-runoff reductions, air pollutant removal, carbon sequestration and carbon storage) as a result of ROW development.
The framework consisted of a three-prong approach to quantify and assess human use and ecological service losses as a result of a proposed natural gas pipeline Right-of-Way:
Benefit Transfer Analysis - a method for evaluating lost recreational uses
Habitat Equivalency Analysis - a method for determining compensation for the damage to wetlands resources
i-Tree Eco - a method for evaluating tree benefit losses and values