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Conservation costs money, and the benefits don’t always outweigh the costs. To shed light on how conservation decisions may provide benefits or costs to larger regional goals, researchers from SEFS, and other collaborators, developed an economic model aimed at maximizing the ROI on the cost of the acquisition of lands for conservation. Their work was cited as the Editors’ Choice in Science; read the original open access paper here! SEFS co-authors included John Withey, Josh Lawler, Chad Wilsey, Carrie A. Schloss, Theresa Nogeire, Aaron Ruesch, and Jorge Ramos Jr, through their work in Lawler’s Landscape Ecology and Conservation lab.