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Title: Economic Value of Native GrassEcosystems
Description: The powerpoint presentation describes the nonmonetary services that native ecosystems provide & also uses switch grass for biofuels as a specific example of how utilizing native ecosystems can be economically valuable as well. The activity requires the student to estimate the area of a piece of land using the methods that it describes and calculate how much money could be earned by harvesting switch grass from it. 
Key Words: native grasses, economic value 
Grade Level: 8th 
Subject: Science 
View File: Estimating Ecosystem Value PLAN.docx 
View File: Estimating Ecosystem Area Worksheet.doc 
View File: Methods for Estimating Areas.docx 
View File: Value of Native Ecosystems.ppt 

Teacher's Request: A way to explain the economic value of native grasses.

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