Looking beyond Ecological Functions to the Value of Ecosystem Services: Incorporating ecosystem services into infrastructure and policy decisions in the Greater Houston Region by Deborah January-Bevers, President & CEO, Houston Wilderness

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Ecosystem Services in the
Greater Houston Region
LOOKING BEYOND ECOLOGICAL FUNCTIONS
TO THE VALUE OF ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
EJ Communities in Greater Houston Region
Ecoregions:
Big Thicket
Piney Woods
Trinity Bottomlands
Columbia Bottomlands
Post Oak Savannah
Prairie Systems
Bayou Wilderness
Coastal Marshes
Estuaries and Bays
Gulf of Mexico
Houston is an Ecologically Diverse Region
And, over 8 million people living
around these ecoregions and
waterways
The 13+ County Region surrounding
Houston has 10 distinct ecoregions
There are over 20 major bayous and
creeks that run 40-miles each like
fingers through the Houston Region
and flanked by 3 major rivers