How we manage population centers is intertwined with our conservation of wild areas. The more we create equitable population centers in places people want to live, the more we can create durable, landscape-scale conservation outcomes outside of towns.
For millions of Americans experiencing food insecurity with low incomes, low food access, and no car, putting healthy food on the table is a logistical nightmare.
Where rural recreation counties rely on public funding for health care, fiscal solutions should diversify the ways local governments can save and spend.
Managing wildfires during a pandemic will test the capacity of our first responders, but individual homeowners can take steps now to reduce wildfire risks.
The bipartisan Forest Health for Rural Stability Act would establish a federal land endowment and resolve key challenges of federal land payments to counties.
Analysis shows raising Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) population limits for small-population counties would have increased total payments by $2 million in 2019.
Wildfire hazard assessment maps can help communities build safer neighborhoods, prioritize mitigation resources, and adapt to wildfire.
Rural and isolated communities face wrenching economic and demographic transitions. A solution to uncertainty is to focus on resilience.
New fiscal and policy assessments help local leaders understand their exposure to declining revenue and policy barriers during a coal transition.
Investing in outdoor recreation is one of several strategies that can help rural communities thrive in a changing economy.
Updated: For communities land use planning is more effective than logging on federal lands to reduce future wildfire disasters.
Partners in Colorado’s San Luis Valley are working to better understand the impacts of wildfire to communities, watersheds, and quality of life.
Urban trail efforts increasingly are focusing on providing equitable access to trails. Trails and parks can create substantial benefits for public health, property values, and quality of life.
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.
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.
National interactive map and charts show Medicaid-dependent counties and populations at risk.
A guide to planning for the long-term social, economic and environmental well-being of the community of Colstrip, Montana.