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.
Updated: Headwaters Economics compiled 144 trails research studies on the impacts of trails in a single library, searchable by type of benefit, use, year, and region.
Explore and Download National Forest Gross Receipts Statistics
Explore and Download National Forest Cut & Sold Report Statistics
Updated: Headwaters Economics produced two interactive maps to show the range of commercial activities on National Forests at the Forest, state and forest region levels.
High worker productivity occurs across diverse counties and sectors but is not always connected with population growth and opportunity.
Study on the economic impacts of redesignating Bandelier National Monument as a National Park with case studies of other Monuments converted to National Parks.
Recreation counties, especially in non-metro places, draw new residents and have higher incomes and faster earnings growth than places without recreation.
Communities and local leaders can utilize this trails toolkit to better understand whether and how trails can accomplish local goals, along with the cost and benefits of proposed projects.
Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) is helping communities reduce wildfire risks and costs. Four new communities join 26 others this coming year.
Download socioeconomic reports for states and counties near Bureau of Land Management units.
Integrate socioeconomic and climate data to map neighborhoods at risk in selected cities.
A new home built to wildfire-resistant codes can be constructed for roughly the same cost as a typical home.
A new report highlights the role of Montana’s outdoor recreation economy in spending, jobs, and economic diversification.