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County Payments: History, Context, and Policy

These intreractive maps show how federal land payments are distributed to counties and states. The Payments History maps show current payments, recent trends, and payments as a percent of county budgets. The Policy Options map projects the change in these payments if SRS is not reauthorized.

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Teton County Trails & Pathways Survey Shows Extensive Local Use

Survey shows that nine out of 10 respondents use the pathways and trails in Teton County, Wyoming. Such surveys help community leaders, stakeholders, and citizens plan for the future of pathways and trails systems.

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Bonner County, Idaho’s Resilient Economy

Analysis shows that Bonner County’s economy has grown steadily and been resilient, despite recessions and losing several large employers, and many local businesses arecommitted to the community and its high quality of life.

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Trails Research and Searchable Benefits Library

Headwaters Economics compiled more than 90 studies on the impacts of trails in a single library, searchable by type of benefit, use, year, and region.

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Economic Development Opportunities in Wheeler County, Oregon

Like many rural counties in the West, Wheeler County faces economic difficulties. It also has untapped resources and opportunities, which suggest the possibility of a brighter economic future.

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The Economic Value of Public Lands in Grand County, Utah

This updated report analyzes the economic value of public lands in Grand County, Utah and the important role that these lands play for local businesses and the well-being of the region’s economy.

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Socioeconomics and Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region

This UPDATED interactive shows how the social and economic characteristics of the Great Lakes Region are impacted by regionally specific changes in climate. It was developed in partnership with the Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities at the University of Michigan.

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County Payments Research

County governments are compensated for the tax-exempt status of federal public lands within their boundaries. These payments often constitute a significant portion of county and school budgets, particularly in rural counties with extensive public land ownership.

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Haymakers Report: Montana’s Economy, Public Lands, and Competitive Advantage

This report summarizes Montana’s economy, analyzing how it has grown and what is driving its performance, including a description of how federal lands help attract people, investment, and businesses.

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