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Megan Lawson Megan Lawson

On Halloween, Many Counties with High Death Rates Still Growing

INSIGHT, Oct. 30, 2014: It’s All Hallow’s Eve, so we decided to look at western counties where the dead most recently were living. But a high death rate does not mean a county is faring poorly. Like most things, it’s complicated.

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Megan Lawson Megan Lawson

Baby Boomers Move Near Protected Lands, Help Drive Economies

INSIGHT, Oct. 29, 2014: Protected federal lands (such as Wilderness or National Parks) not only preserve unique landscapes, but have the potential to attract in-migrants such as baby boomers, which in turn help support a robust local economy.

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Ray Rasker Ray Rasker

Today’s Economy, Political Rhetoric Too Often Don’t Match

INSIGHT, Oct. 24, 2014: Today’s economy is much different than what we hear in the rhetoric from current politicians. We need our leaders to wrestle with current problems rather than old ones.

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The Economic Importance of National Monuments to Local Communities

UPDATED: Research and interactive map showing that the economies of communities adjacent to 17 national monuments studied in the West all expanded following the monument’s creation.

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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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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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Owyhee Canyonlands Hold Economic Potential

This report provides an initial analysis of the potential economic impact of protecting the Owyhee Canyonlands area in Malheur County.

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Reports Show Economic Potential of a New Maine National Park

This post summarizes two larger reports on the economic costs and benefits of a new National Park and Recreation Area for Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties, Maine.

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Restoring the Clark Fork River

Headwaters Economics worked with the Clark Fork Coalition, U.S. Forest Service, and others to create an interactive tool that describes many of the stories behind the ongoing recovery of the Clark Fork River.

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