It’s not easy to put a dollar figure on the beach, mountains and other natural assets, but the Piedmont Environmental Council is trying.
The Warrenton-based watchdog group issued a report Nov. 30 stating that Virginia’s natural goods and services are worth $21.8 billion annually. The report considers everything from the logging industry and sunbathers at Virginia Beach to recreational fishermen and the pollination services provided by honey bees.
The report’s central theme: Virginia’s natural resources are valuable and worth protecting. It comes as state lawmakers appear poised to debate whether to lift the state’s 30-year-old ban on uranium mining.