All Research Reports (122)


Reducing Wildfire Risk to Communities

Nine solutions for controlling the pace, scale, and pattern of future development in the Wildland-Urban Interface

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National Monuments: Economic Performance Before and After Designation

Assess the trends and performance of four key economic indicators in communities adjacent to national monuments: population, employment, personal income, and per capita income.

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Visitor Center at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

The Economic Importance of National Monuments to Local Communities

UPDATED: Research and interactive map showing that the economies of communities adjacent to 17 national monuments studied in the West all expanded following the monument’s creation.

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National Forest Timber Sales and Timber Cuts, FY 1980-2013

Explore and Download National Forest Cut & Sold Report Statistics

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National Forest Gross Receipts from Commercial Activities, FY 1986-2013

Explore and Download National Forest Gross Receipts Statistics

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Commercial Activities on National Forests

UPDATED: Headwaters Economics has produced two interactive maps to help users better understand the range of commercial activities on National Forests at the Forest, state and forest region levels.

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County Payments Timeline

County Payments Research

This post summarizes our analysis of recent Senate and House bills; a single payment proposal to combine SRS, revenue sharing, and PILT; testimony before the U.S. Senate; and interactive maps that show commercial activities on National Forests.

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Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park

Economic Impact of National Park Service Units

This interactive and background materials, updated for 2013, show visits, spending, and the number of jobs created in gateway communities for each of the National Park Service units.

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Study Finds No Evidence Firewise Lowers Suppression Costs

Study finds no evidence of a relationship between wildfire suppression costs and Firewise participation, suggesting policy focus on other solutions to lower future expenditures, such as preventing development in high risk areas.

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Local Responses to Wildfire Risks Are Limited

Reviews how western communities are addressing wildfire risk, how they have responded to recent major fires, and useful lessons and public policy insights for the future.

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