EPS provides economic strategies and analysis that support the use of land for parks, recreation, agriculture, and habitat conservation.

  • Parks and Recreation Programming

    EPS analyses support the programming of local and regional parks. EPS funding plans and strategies identify funding options and support the appropriate programming and phasing of parks and recreation given available resources. EPS conducts market analyses for a broad range of recreation and education uses to determine demand and operating budgets. EPS also supports park agency negotiation with concessionaires and other private/ non-profit entities.

  • Agriculture Preservation Programs

    EPS develops agricultural preservation programs and implementation plans for cities, counties, and land trusts. The firm develops programs that incorporate a range of tools and techniques including agricultural land preservation, financial support, transfer of development rights, clustered development, and buffering from other land uses.

  • Regional Habitat Conservation Plans

    EPS develops financing plans for multi-jurisdictional, multi-species conservation plans consistent with federal and state environmental regulations. Working with joint powers authorities, habitat conservancies, and consulting biologists, EPS develops detailed cost estimates and advises on appropriate funding mechanisms, including the calculation of program fees.

  • Parks and Open Space Impacts

    EPS evaluates the societal economic value and regional economic significance of parks and open space. For example, the firm assesses property value impacts attributable to open space, the recreation value of parks, health care savings benefits supported by parks, and the economic value of other ecosystem services supported by open space preservation. These assessments support regulatory impact analyses as well as public outreach efforts seeking to enhance and sustain regional quality of life and the balance between development, recreation, and conservation.