What is the economic impact of America’s public lands and waters? How can we quantify how these remarkable resources contribute to our quality of life? And how are our valuation methods and public policies changing?
People and Public Lands
Fiscal policy reforms could substantially increase the economic benefits of public lands for states and local communities.
Comprehensive benefit cost analyses of public lands policies are needed.
A spiritual and cultural treasure and a multi-trillion-dollar asset, public land must be protected.
Natural resources are still the foundation of the Rockies region economy even as it has shifted from extraction-based activities to recreation and tourism.
Non-labor income can have an outsized effect on communities in the rural West with a large share of public lands.
To assess the value of public lands, we must analyze the full array of what matters to people and consider the activities they pursue.
Counties with public lands today tend to have larger, more diverse, and slightly older populations.
Nonmarket valuation tools have evolved over time and are now relied upon for important policy decisions and litigation.
As we work to protect wildlands, we must also ensure that amenity-led growth benefits a wide range of people and builds community.
Advances in economic valuation methods have improved public lands management.
Federally managed public lands were originally intended to provide and protect public goods and services while constraining commercial activities.
In the face of overwhelming transition, local institutions can make a critical difference in rural community resilience.