07 February 2011 Let’s Get to Work! Green Jobs Mean Greenbacks Posted by: Caitlin Leutwiler | 2 comments | Share: Wildlife crossings provide valuable jobs in addition to making roads safe for people and animals. For most people, the phrase “green jobs” conjures images of windmills and solar panels. But those aren’t the only jobs that bolster our economy and protect our environment at the same time. In fact, green jobs can range from removing unwanted forest roads or repairing fish culverts, to treating invasive species and restoring wetlands. And some “green” occupations may surprise you. Get this: if wildlife watching were a Fortune 500 company, it would rank in the top 25. What?! You better believe it – according to a National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, 87.5 million Americans fished, hunted or watched wildlife in 2006. Even more impressive, those people poured more than $122 BILLION into those activities, funding millions of jobs in industries and businesses that support wildlife-related recreation. Building wildlife crossings, building economies Tomorrow, Defenders’ Trisha White joins a panel discussion at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference to talk about how transportation projects can protect wildlife and natural places while also contributing to local economies. For example, the construction of a wildlife underpass saves much more than the moose (or elk, or deer) that uses it to cross a busy road. It saves people – 200 of which are killed in wildlife-vehicle collisions each year – and money – an average of $28,100 per moose. And it creates jobs right here in America, that can never be sent overseas. If wildlife watching were a Fortune 500 company,it would rank in the top 25. Working to maintain and restore healthy ecosystems is good for our wildlife, natural places, communities and economies. So what are we waiting for? Let’s get to work! Learn more: Get more information about the Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference. See how Defenders is working to increase the number of wildlife crossings to ensure both wildlife and people can use our roads safely. 2 Responses to “Let’s Get to Work! Green Jobs Mean Greenbacks” Luriana Edwards July 8th, 2011 Creating these extra jobs has to be a good thing for everyone, let alone the benefits for the wildlife. Excellent stuff. Luriana x Reply Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap Up Some Good News for Wolves in Idaho… Finally! Muddied Waters for Washington Wolves Did You Submit Your Comments? Red Wolves Still in Trouble But We Have Time to Help; Comment Period Closing on Harmful Mexican Gray Wolf Rule; Washington’s Lookout Pack Caught in Fire Literary Legacy Terry Tempest Williams is a widely published author and naturalist and a fierce advocate for ecological consciousness and social change. Big Things Coming from the Northwest Defenders of Wildlife work in the Northwest creates opportunities to promote wildlife protection and sustainable management of public lands.