To help the City of Iowa City continue to foster the benefits of its natural areas, students from the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences conducted two research projects on the ecological services provided by the parks and open spaces in the city. The first project used hedonic pricing to research how the valuation of different kinds of open spaces contribute to the values of detached single-family homes. The second project researched how the delivery of ecosystem services would be impacted by different types of ecological management approaches, such as promoting more forest or grassland cover.
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