Urban forestry adds $3.8 billion in sales to California economy
Scott R. Templeton, UC Berkeley
George E. Goldman, UC Berkeley
California Agriculture 50(1):6-10. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v050n01p6.
Urban forests provide tree products and aesthetic, recreational, health and environmental benefits. Californians spent at least $1.080 billion to obtain these benefits and the state's urban forestry sector had sales of at least $1.248 billion in a 12-month period in the early 1990s. As a result of ripple effects, urban forestry accounted for at least $3.789 billion in total sales, $2.092 billion in income to individuals, and 64,000 jobs in this period in the state. Knowledge of this economic activity is necessary for voters and government officials who make decisions that affect management of these and other natural resources in California.
S.R. Templeton is Post-Doctoral Research Economist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley; G. Goldman is Extension Economist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley;