All Research Reports (121)


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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National Park’s Economic Impacts

Economic Impacts of Visitation and Expenditures

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Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park

Economic Impact of National Park Service Units

Updated with latest data, this interactive and background materials show visits, spending, and the number of jobs created in gateway communities for each of the National Park Service units.

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The Economic Impacts of Restoration in Central Idaho

This report provides a way to calculate the economic impacts of natural resource restoration activities to nearby communities that should be helpful to local officials, agency staff, and policy analysts.

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Non-Labor Income: Large and Growing in Importance Across the West

Non-labor income (NLI) is one of the largest and fastest growing sources of income in the West, constituting 34 percent of total personal income in 2011; and 60 percent of net growth in real personal income during the last decade.

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Long-Term Energy Development Has Negative Impacts on Western Counties

This paper demonstrates that when fossil fuel development plays a prominent, long-term role in local western economies there are negative effects on per capita income, crime rates, and educational attainment.

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The Rising Cost of Wildfire Protection

Wildfires are becoming more severe and expensive. This report describes how the protection of homes in the Wildland-Urban Interface has added to these costs and concludes with a brief discussion of solutions that may help control escalating costs.

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West’s Economy Outperforming Rest of United States

This summary analyzes the West’s economy, the region’s economic performance, and what is driving economic growth.

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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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