Newsletter: May 2015

Our latest research on federal coal royalty reform, reducing wildfire threats, trail user surveys, and Bonner County, Idaho's resilient economy.

Research Update

Trails ResearchFederal Coal Royalty Reform: More Revenue and Increased Transparency
Proposed reforms would have substantial revenue benefits for federal and state governments, limited impact on coal production or prices, and increase transparency.

Wildfire RiskReducing Wildfire Risks Through Better Planning
New paper describes wildfire trends and how development drives costs; and outlines innovative ideas to reduce future risks by altering the pattern of future home building on fire-prone lands.

Teton County TrailsTrail User Surveys Help Community Decision-Making
Surveys of trail and pathways users, such as this one in Teton County, WY, help community leaders, elected officials, and others better understand trail use and benefits.

Bonner County, IdahoKeys to Bonner County, Idaho’s Resilient Economy
New report on Bonner County, ID shows how the community, despite distance from large markets, is using strengths like quality of life and the existing breadth of employers to ensure ongoing economic success.