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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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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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Chris Mehl Chris Mehl

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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The Tongass Transition Framework: A New Path Forward?

This report examines whether the Tongass Transition Framework, which proposed a “new path forward,” is working to enhance economic opportunities in southeast Alaska 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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Chris Mehl Chris Mehl

Know Your Economy: Economic Tools Updated for Every County

INSIGHT, Dec. 4, 2014: Understanding the local economy, and how it compares to peers, is a crucial part of smart community and economic development. Headwaters Economics just uploaded the latest data (through 2013) from the Bureau of Economic Analysis for every county in the nation.

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Ben Alexander Ben Alexander

Understanding the Recreation Economy on Nearby Public Lands

INSIGHT, Nov. 20, 2014: How can communities measure and take advantage of the economic impacts of nearby outdoor recreation activities on public lands?

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Chris Mehl Chris Mehl

Getting the Economics Right: Communities, National Forests, and Local Development Decisions

INSIGHT, Nov. 17, 2014: Getting the economics right is important for communities to compete in a modern economy. We’ve created a number of tools to help rural, western communities better understand current trends as well as the role of the nearby National Forest or other public lands.

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