A recent review published in the Resources Policy journal with researchers at Montana State University shows that coal communities lack strong transition plans and largely are unprepared for coming changes.
Archives for 2018
Almost half of the full community costs of wildfire are paid for at the local level, including homeowners, businesses, and government agencies.
Investigating the economic effects of National Monuments redesignated National Parks, and the potential impact of converting the White Sands National Monument to a National Park.
This report summarizes Gallatin County’s economy, how it has grown, and what is driving its performance. The report also describes how growth threatens open space and the role these lands play in local quality of life.
Outdoor recreation and the economic impact of Whitefish Trail use in Whitefish, Montana.
From 1990 to 2018, the number of single-family homes in Montana grew by more than 50 percent, and the popularity of large lots converted 1.3 million acres of undeveloped land to housing.
Our latest research on communities threatened by wildfires, Montana losing open space to home construction, the economic impact of trails in Whitefish, Montana, and an update to our Populations at Risk reports for any community, county, or state.
Review the different rates of home construction and loss of open space across Montana counties.
Explore all communities threatened by wildfires from 2000 to 2017.
The sortable table identifies frequently threatened towns and cities, including the different sizes and distances of wildfires from nearby communities.
By pairing limited, local surveys with activity tracking app data, we are estimating trail use across large areas.
Updated: This report describes the benefits of a frontage path–a proposed paved, multi-use pathway connecting Belgrade and Bozeman along an approximately ten-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 10 in Gallatin County.
Our latest research on the benefits of trails to communities, creating an endowment to provide stable federal county payments, the Taos County economy, and mapping vulnerable populations whether in Great Lakes cities or with wildfire risk in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Reforming county payments by establishing a permanent Trust to fund Secure Rural Schools (SRS).
The economic challenges and opportunities in Taos County stem from being both a bustling mountain resort town, and a rural community facing long-term socioeconomic challenges.