A new tool helps the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico assess wildfire and populations at risk.
Archives for 2017
Identify neighborhoods in six Great Lakes cities that meet socioeconomic vulnerability criteria.
Our latest research on timber transitions, improving coal fiscal policies, planning for wildfire risk in Montana, and staff commentary on county poverty rates and youth migration in the West.
Western counties once dependent on timber today perform similarly to like-sized counties. Three case studies outline economic lessons from counties that weathered the timber transition.
Western counties are experiencing a wide disparity in youth migration. While some are attracting and keeping young adults and families, others are struggling.
While national poverty rates dropped in the last year, the county-level picture is mixed.
Updated: The Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire program now helps 30 communities reduce wildfire risk through improved land use planning.
Our latest research on helping communities reduce wildfire risk, the latest data and updated tools to help users better understand their economy, the West-Wide Atlas, and the Economic Profile System.
Understanding your local economy and how it compares to peers is a crucial part of community and economic development.
Slide show: A theory of economic development in the rural West.
Coal fiscal policies vary widely across the West in terms of how revenue is generated, set aside in permanent savings, or spent by state and local governments.
County governments, fire districts and service areas, and landowners have many opportunities to reduce wildfire risk in the wildland-urban interface through land use planning tools and strategies, though challenges in Montana’s regulatory framework remain.
Our latest research on best practices to fund state outdoor recreation, Montana’s economy, Taos and wildfire, and blog commentary from staff.
Hispanics account for roughly one in four westerners and one in six rural westerners.
Lack of access to a vehicle, poverty, and disabilities, can make evacuation difficult or impossible for some households.
A lack of land use planning amplified the devastation from Hurricane Harvey. Wildfire-prone communities should take note.
Seven case studies illustrate best practices and lessons learned to develop programs for outdoor state recreation funding.
Our latest research on the importance of non-labor income, minority populations in the rural West, assistance to communities to reduce wildfire risk, and new data showing commercial activities on National Forests.
National interactive map and charts show Medicaid-dependent counties and populations at risk.
This report summarizes Montana’s economy analyzing recent growth and what is driving its performance, including a description of how federal lands help attract people, investment, and businesses.