Ecosystem services are the many and varied
benefits that humans freely gain from the natural
environment and from properly-functioning ecosystems.
The main objective of this research was to assess the
tree cover distribution, ecosystem service awareness and
value to respondents within the study area.
The tree cover assessment was implemented using
the ISODATA classification of the MOD44B product
sourced from the LPDAAC archives. The ecosystem
service awareness was assessed using simple percentage
distribution and a normalized Likert scale. The WTP
characteristics of respondents were assessed using a
simple percentage analysis and a double-bonded
contingent valuation analytical approach.
The results showed that the percentage of tree
cover within the study area ranged from 10% to 66%
tree cover. The average tree cover within the study area
was ≈ 15%. Approximately 13.1% of the state had some
form of percentage tree cover. The assessment of the
tree ecosystem service awareness among respondents
within the study area showed knowledge of the existence
of these services and a high level of conversance with
the various forms. The WTP characterization shows
that 85% of the respondents were willing to pay for the
retention and regeneration of trees within their
Keywords : Remote-Sensing; Tree-Cover; Landmass; Ecosystem-Services; Willingness-to-Pay.