Our latest research on the economic impact of long-term energy development, an interactive atlas of the West’s economy, winners and losers from proposed county payments reforms, North Dakota’s oil revenue sharing program, and the economic potential of the Owyhee Canyonlands in Malheur County, Oregon.
Archives for 2013
Long-Term Energy Development Has Negative Impacts on Western Counties
This paper demonstrates that when fossil fuel development plays a prominent, long-term role in local western economies there are negative effects on per capita income, crime rates, and educational attainment.
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, Oregon.
Newsletter: Fall 2013
Our latest research on climate impacts in the Great Lakes region, using tools to determine vulnerability to climate change, understanding income from National Forests, and why state tax policy matters.
Fiscal Lessons for State and Local Governments
This report explores the challenges for states and local communities caused by unconventional oil and natural gas development, and fiscal best practices that address them.
Newsletter: June 2013
Our latest research on the rising cost of wildfires, an interactive atlas on the climate and economy of the Great Northern Landscape region, testimony before the U.S. Senate on county payments, and updated timber cut and sold reports.
The Rising Cost of Wildfire Protection
This report describes how the protection of homes in the Wildland-Urban Interface has added to wildfire costs and concludes with a discussion of solutions that may help control escalating risks and expenses.
Newsletter: Winter 2013
Our latest research on the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI), an interactive map on how protected public lands impact per capita income, policy on energy transmission, and the economic potential for a new Maine National Park.
The Upper Peninsula’s Economy and a Changing Climate
This post summarizes the Climate Adaptation Report which provides a description of key economic sectors at greatest risk from extreme weather or long-term climate shifts and is intended to prepare the region’s forests, water resources, and communities for a less certain future.
Protected Federal Lands in Non-Metro West Increase Per Capita Income
Headwaters Economics research and accompanying interactive map show the amount of per capita income explained by protected federal lands for each county in the non-metropolitan western U.S.