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Trails Research and Searchable Benefits Library

To help community leaders, elected officials, trail users, and others better understand the benefits of trails 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 elected officials because of the close tie between public land resources 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

This post contains research and tools created by Headwaters Economics concerning federal land payments to counties and states (often called county payments).

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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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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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Understanding Climate Change Impacts on Cities, Counties, and National Forest Regions

INSIGHT, Dec. 23, 2014: A sample of research and free tools available to help communities better understand the potential socioeconomic impacts of climate change.

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Migration & Population Trends in the West Vary by County Type

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

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Economic Opportunities in the Blackfoot Watershed

This report provides an overview of the Blackfoot River watershed’s economy and summarizes the findings from six focus groups, held during the summer of 2014, to explore economic opportunities.

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