Millions of national park visitors generate economic opportunities for gateway communities, spending money that creates jobs and income. See the trends for every national park service unit.
The outdoor recreation economy is large, growing faster than the overall economy, and consists of jobs in many industries. Explore data by state.
Outdoor recreation is a way of life and economic powerhouse for New Mexico. New Mexico residents enjoy outdoor recreation on more than 35 million acres of public lands and the outdoor recreation economy directly supports $1.2 billion in income and 33,500 jobs.
Economic methods and data can engage diverse audiences and tell new stories to help cities make a case for climate adaptation.
States were granted trust lands by the U.S. Congress to generate revenue to fund public institutions, primarily public schools.
Overspending of state trust permanent funds reduces future school funding and incentivizes sales of trust land and nonrenewable resources.
Changing economies, new land uses, shifting social values, and political pressure create challenges for state trust land managers.
Advocates of transferring federal land to states point to the superior ability of state trust lands to generate revenue, but our analysis finds significant economic and fiscal disadvantages.
Video and highlights from an event that brought together diverse community leaders to explore practices for building fire-adapted communities.
The most effective fiscal policies for communities facing transition away from coal dependency are those that build wealth over time and strengthen community capacity.
Montana’s outdoors attracts people and talent, creating jobs and a high quality of life. The outdoors is essential to the state’s future economic growth.
Identify where potential bus rapid transit corridors in the Denver, Colorado Metro Area are most likely to enhance mobility and equity.
Funding for Montana’s working lands, wildlife, and outdoor recreation is not keeping pace as population, visitation, and development pressures expand.
Explore economic performance in Recreation Counties across the U.S.
Public lands influence the economy, demographics, and fiscal policies of communities. Explore maps and county-level data for the 828 million acres of federal, state, and municipal land in the U.S.
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?
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.