Economic Valuation of Ottawa County, Michigan

Ottawa County map

Relative Value Estimate for Green Infrastructure and its Associated Ecosystem Services in Ottawa County, Michigan is ~$134.2 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 Ottawa County, Michigan

(Per Acre Per Year)

Select a value or descriptor for additional information.

Map highlighting Ottawa 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

$369

$369

Aesthetic/Amenity

$53

$53

$53

Private: $38

Public: $3,311

NEI

$19 - $30

Private: $19,437

Public: $176,254

n/a

Recreation

$16

$16

$16

Private: $38

Public: $3,311

$864

$13 - $76

Private: $19,437

Public: $176,254

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 the associated table show the break down of land use and the lower bound value estimates for Ottawa County, Michigan.

Land Use and Cover

Acres

Estimated Annual Value

Cropland

174,804

$24,647,408

Orchards & Specialty Crops

8,478

$4,264,263

Grasses, Shrubs & Prairie Lands

41,850

$3,473,557

Forest Lands

76,369

$12,939,057

Water

7,603

$7,017,144

Wetlands

7,731

$10,753,626

Great Lakes Sand Dunes & Beaches

1,648

$66,952,377

Other Bare Lands

2,284

$842,626

Developed Lands

48,375

Not valued

Total

369,141

$130,890,058

Pie chart of Ottawa 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 10.93 miles of rails-to-trails in Ottawa 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 Ottawa County is $299,401 per mile per year, or ~ $3.3 million (Betz et al 2003; Siderelis and Moore 1995; Siderelis et al 2000).