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Newsletter: May 2015

Research Update Federal Coal Royalty Reform: More Revenue and Increased Transparency Proposed reforms would have substantial revenue benefits for federal and state governments, limited impact on coal production or prices, and increase transparency. Reducing Wildfire Risks Through Better Planning New paper describes wildfire trends and how development drives costs; and outlines innovative ideas to reduce […]

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Newsletter: April 2015

Research Update Trails Research and Searchable Benefits Library To help community leaders, elected officials, trail users, and others we compiled more than 90 studies on the impacts and benefits of trails into a single library, searchable by type of benefit, use, year, and region. Updated: The Economic Value of Public Lands in Grand County, Utah […]

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Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Headwaters Economics Study Summarizes Research on Trail System Value

It’s hard to imagine Bozeman without its trail network, the city’s miles of paths well-loved by crowds of walkers, bikers and runners. And there’s plenty of data to back up the conventional wisdom that the trail systems provide value to Bozeman and other communities, according to research by locally based Headwaters Economics. It used to […]

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The Real Cost of Coal

Congress long ago established a basic principle governing the extraction of coal from public lands by private companies: American taxpayers should be paid fair value for it. They own the coal, after all…. In 2013, approximately 40 percent of all domestic coal came from federal lands. A recent study by the independent nonprofit research group […]

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Recreation on Public Lands Drives Grand County Economy

Recent studies show what Utahns already instinctively know: travel and tourism in the Beehive State have increased significantly in recent years, creating more jobs and income for local residents. Utah’s public lands have played a key role in this economic uptick, and the benefits extend beyond travel and tourism to other important sectors such as […]

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Newsletter: March 2015

Research Update County Payments History, Context, and Projections New interactive maps show three views of federal land payments to counties and states: the history of recent payments, as a percent of county budgets, and future payments because SRS is not reauthorized. Federal Coal Royalties: Current Structure, Rates, and Reform Options This report analyzes how revenues […]

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Newsweek

The West’s Forest Fire Problem Costs More Every Year

…To make a real impact, Rasker says, we need to start doing something about the areas that have yet to be developed. Drawing on input from rangers, fire marshals, ecologists and government officials from all over the Western U.S., he’s developed a nine-point plan that would reduce the risk of wildfire by controlling the pattern […]

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Rural Counties Dealing with Loss of Federal Dollars

…Mark Haggerty, of Bozeman, Montana-based Headwaters Economics, says all interests need to rethink both PILT and SRS, perhaps combining the compensation funds. One measure would be to distribute money to rural counties in need, rather than by the existing formula, based on counties’ total public land acreage, which doesn’t account for the urban development that […]

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Newsletter: December 2014

Research Update Migration and Population Trends in the West New research summarizes how county type influences changing migration and population trends. We provide an interactive map, county-level data table, and literature review. Tongass Transition Framework Stalled Our analysis shows the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska remains focused on old growth harvests without improving economic […]

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Newsletter: November 2014

Research Update Reducing Wildfire Risk to Communities How to manage development in the Wildland-Urban Interface Monitoring the Impact of Fracking on Your Community and Economy Case studies and recommendations that offer best practices for measuring socioeconomic impacts caused by energy development Lessons for Wildfire from Federal Flood Programs Lessons from national floodplain management programs that […]

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