Economic Valuation of Kent County, Michigan

Kent County map

 Relative Value Estimate for Green Infrastructure and its Associated Ecosystem Services in Kent County, Michigan is ~$111.1 million per year*

 * This amount represents an estimated value only and should not be interpreted as an actual value.

Legend

  • Red: > $10,000*
  • Orange:$2,001- $10,000*
  • Green: $201 - $2,000*
  • Blue: $0 - $200*
  • Grey: Developed Area/Not Valued

*All values are per acre per year. 

Preliminary Value Estimates for Ecosystem Services in Kent County, Michigan

(Per Acre Per Year)

Select a value or descriptor for additional information.

Map highlighting Kent County

 

Cropland

Orchards & Specialty Crops

Grass, Shrub & Prairie

Forest

Water

Wetlands

Great Lakes Sand Dunes & Beach

Other Bare Lands

Food Production

$72

$434

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Raw Materials

n/a

n/a

n/a

$48

INS

INS

n/a

$369

Aesthetic/Amenity

$62

$62

$62

Private: $58

Public: $3,311

NEI

$19 - $30

n/a

n/a

Recreation

$19

$19

$19

Private: $58

Public: $3,311

$864

$13 - $76

n/a

n/a

Fish/Wildlife Habitat

INS

INS

$14

$3

$864

$147 -$1,513

n/a

n/a

Pollination

NEI

NEI

INS

NEI

n/a

NEI

n/a

n/a

Nutrition Cycling

NEI

INS

NEI

NEI

NEI

$1,067 -$2,040

n/a

n/a

Waste Assimilation

n/a

n/a

NEI

NEI

NEI

$1,067 -$2,040

n/a

n/a

Erosion Control

NEI

NEI

NEI

$21

n/a

$86 - $485

n/a

n/a

Water Regulation

INS

INS

NEI

NEI

NEI

NEI

n/a

n/a

Water Supply

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

$59

$59

n/a

NEI

NEI: Not enough information               INS: Value presumed to be insignificant             n/a: not applicable


This pie chart and associated table show the break down of land use and the lower bound value estimates for Kent County, Michigan.

Land Use and Cover

Acres

Estimated Annual Value

Cropland

190,810

$29,193,899

Orchards & Specialty Crops

12,650

$6,514,518

Grasses, Shrubs & Prairie Lands

88,545

8,411,779

Forest Lands

144,661

$29,264,105

Water

10,736

$9,909,799

Wetlands

8,150

$11,337,373

Great Lakes Sand Dunes & Beaches

0

$0

Other Bare Lands

3,011

$1,110,893

Developed Lands

99,001

Not valued

Total

557,564

$95,742,367

Pie chart of Kent County land use

In addition to the data listed above in the value matrix, the Project Team estimated values for ecosystem services associated with rails-to-trails. There are 51.26 miles of rails-to-trails in Kent County. The Ecosystem Services associated with this land use include Aesthetics/Amenity and Recreation, but there was enough information to determine an ecosystem services value only for Recreation. The estimated value for the rails-to-trails in Kent County is $299,401 per mile per year, or ~ $15.3 million (Betz et al 2003; Siderelis and Moore 1995; Siderelis et al 2000).