Falmouth, Massachusetts : Natural Capital

Natural capital is the worlds collection of natural assets which include air, soil, water, geology, and all living things.  (What is natural capital?) Falmouth is a popular vacation destination in the summer months because of their beautiful beaches.  Each summer thousands of tourist come to Falmouth to appreciate their natural resources.  Their bays and oceans also provide a great fishing industry, with employs over 50 citizens.  (U.S. Census Bureau) Falmouth consists of eight public beaches, and miles of private beaches.  Falmouth is also known for their ponds, cranberry bogs, and town parks.

Photo by Cara Peterson

Photo by Cara Peterson

The most popular town park is Goodwill park.  Goodwill has a recreation area with a picnic area, volleyball courts, and a playground.  Goodwill is most popular because of their pond, and their walking trails around the town reservoir. Public parks help improve the quality of life for people in this community.  (Class 09-09)

The Marine and Environmental services of the town of Falmouth provides protection, enhancement, preservation and healthy ecological health of the towns natural resources.  These services are in place to protect the safety of the vessels and people who use the waterways, woodlands, and waterside facilities.  They have a strong focus on making sure the fish and shellfish populations are healthy and provide responsible domestic, professional, and wildlife services.  (Town of Falmouth)

Photo by Cara Peterson

Photo by Cara Peterson

An example of a environmental issue in Falmouth are the ricks that cranberry farming regarding the plan to restore the Coonamessett River.  There are many different interpretations that cranberry harvesting have on the environment.  There are many studies done that both cranberry farming and the river restoration can happen. If they can not co-exist that will eliminate cranberry farming in Falmouth, which has been part of Falmouth’s history for centuries.

References:

Town of Falmouth – Natural Resources. (n.d.). Retrieved September 23, 2016, from http://www.falmouthmass.us/depart.php?depkey=dnr

U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

What is natural capital? (n.d.). Retrieved September 23, 2016, from http://naturalcapitalforum.com/about/