All Research Reports (130)

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Migration & Population Trends in the West Vary by County Type

County migration and population trends in the West are constantly changing due to demographic and economic forces. We summarize the counties according to four typologies: high-wage services, farm-dependent, oil and natural gas boom, and retirement destinations.

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The Tongass Transition Framework: A New Path Forward?

This report examines whether the Tongass National Forest’s Transition Framework, which proposed a “new path forward,” is working to enhance economic opportunities for southeast Alaska communities while conserving the National Forest.

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Time to Create a Natural Resources Trust

It’s time to create a natural resources trust. Unlike most countries and state governments, the U.S. has not created a natural resources trust. This essay uses timber and offshore payments to show how a fund would work to meet volatility and spending challenges.

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County Payments Research

UPDATED: Research on county payments, including analysis and spreadsheet of how just-passed federal budget bill would impact every county in nation.

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Protected: Oil & Gas Revenue

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Protected: Oil & Gas Production

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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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How Is Fracking Shaping Your Community and Economy?

Monitoring can help local governments better understand the socioeconomic impacts caused by energy development, and support requests to industry and state government for assistance to implement appropriate mitigation.

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Lessons for Wildfire from Federal Flood Risk Management Programs

This paper reviews the experience, both positive and negative, of national floodplain management programs to draw lessons for new approaches to reduce the costs and risks posed by wildfire to properties in the WUI.

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Benefits of Renewable Energy in the West Vary Widely

The West is rich in renewable energy opportunities, but our research demonstrates that property tax revenues from this development vary widely across 17 rural study counties.

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