Economic Valuation of Muskegon County, Michigan

Muskegon County map

 Relative Value Estimate for Green Infrastructure and its Associated Ecosystem Services in Muskegon County, Michigan is ~$242.1 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 Muskegon County, Michigan

(Per Acre Per Year)

Select a value or descriptor for additional information.

Map highlighting Muskegon County

 

Cropland

Orchards & Specialty Crops

Grass, Shrub & Prairie

Forest

Water

Wetlands

Great Lakes Sand Dunes & Beach

Other Bare Lands

Food Production

$30

$254

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Raw Materials

n/a

n/a

n/a

$48

INS

INS

$369

$369

Aesthetic/Amenity

$17

$17

$17

Private: $45

Public: $3,311

NEI

$19 - $30

Private: $19,437

Public: $7,972

n/a

Recreation

$15

$15

$15

Private: $45

Public: $3,311

$864

$13 - $76

Private: $19,437

Public: $7,972

n/a

Fish/Wildlife Habitat

INS

INS

$14

$3

$864

$147 - $1,513

NEI

n/a

Pollination

NEI

NEI

INS

NEI

n/a

NEI

INS

n/a

Nutrient Cycling

NEI

INS

NEI

NEI

NEI

$1,067 - $2,040

NEI

n/a

Waste Assimilation

n/a

n/a

NEI

 

NEI

NEI

$1,067 -$2,040

NEI

n/a

Erosion Control

NEI

NEI

NEI

$21

n/a

$86 - $485

NEI

n/a

Water Regulation

INS

INS

NEI

NEI

NEI

NEI

INS

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 Muskegon County, Michigan.

Land Use and Cover

Acres

Estimated Annual Value

Cropland

64,025

$3,969,563

Orchards & Specialty Crops

3,188

$911,645

Grasses, Shrubs & Prairie Lands

67,739

$3,115,983

Forest Lands

137,846

$161,989,059

Water

13,042

$12,037,424

Wetlands

11,323

$15,749,931

Great Lakes Sand Dunes & Beaches

2,116

$34,283,561

Other Bare Lands

1,304

$481,054

Developed Lands

36,820

Not valued

Total

337,401

$232,538,221

Pie Chart of Muskegon County land usage

In addition to the data listed above in the value matrix, the Project Team estimated values for ecosystem services associated with rails-to-trails. The are 32.08 miles of rails-to-trails in Muskegon 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 Muskegon County is $299,401 per mile per year, or ~ $9.6 million (Betz et al 2003; Siderelis and Moore 1995; Siderelis et al 2000).