$100 Billion Disappears from National Forest Worth

moneytree.jpgWe’ve talked before about the literal dollar value of wilderness. Likewise, Clinton era economists put a price tag of $111 Billion Anually on recreation in US National Forests. The current administration has scaled that number down to $11 Billion, citing better calculation methods. Grist points out that birdwatchers alone spent $38 Billion last year on equipment and related travel. So which side is cooking the books?

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

TriplePundit.com has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He was instrumental in the creation of TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years as well as an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.