Headwaters Economics compiled a number of regional reports, case studies, tools, research library, and related news articles on the value of public lands to nearby communities.
Wildfire experts outline key science insights important to inform policy discussions and development while reducing future risks and costs.
Explore socioeconomic trends in Gunnison County and neighboring Colorado counties.
This post compares economic and demographic characteristics of communities where coal-fired power plants have recently retired or are scheduled to retire.
Unlike most countries and state governments, the U.S. has not created a natural resources trust which could help meet volatility and spending challenges facing local and county governments.
Update: Rural counties in the West with more federal lands performed better on average than their peers with less federal lands in four key economic measures.
Recent trends in manufacturing and what they mean for the people and communities of the American West, with insights for rural areas in particular.
This tool explores socioeconomic trends in Gunnison County, Colorado and compares them to neighboring counties and the state of Colorado.
Compare the effectiveness of states’ oil and natural gas tax policies to see which states ensure that tax revenue is available in the right amount, time, and location to manage drilling-related increases in the local demand for services. See which states invest in long-term infrastructure and economic diversification.
Explore seasonal use—including the amount, type, and timing—for 25 regional trails and pathways.
Six dam removal case studies on the fiscal, economic, environmental, and social benefits of dam removal.
In the Taos, New Mexico area trails are a fundamental part of health and quality of life, but differences in access to trails may limit the benefits for Hispanic and low-income residents.
Explore the Socioeconomic Context of the Federal Coal Leasing Program
County governments are compensated for the tax-exempt status of federal public lands within their boundaries. These payments often constitute a significant portion of county and school budgets, particularly in rural counties with extensive public land ownership.
It is unlikely that insurance rates and policies alone will determine whether or not a landowner decides to build a new home on wildfire-prone land.
Explore seasonal use—including the amount, type, and timing—for 25 regional trails and pathways
How county governments can benefit from reforming wildlife refuge payments.
This summary highlights the major research Headwaters Economics has conducted concerning controlling fire suppression costs, state case studies, and the growth of homes in the WUI.
Explore the West’s economy, regional performance, and what is driving economic growth.
Survey provides information on Bonner County’s trail system and will help prioritize improvements based on resident usage, satisfaction, reasons for living in the area.