Newsletter: Winter 2013

Our latest research on the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI), an interactive map on how protected public lands impact per capita income, policy on energy transmission, and the economic potential for a new Maine National Park.

Waldo_fire84% of WUI Lands Undeveloped and New Building Will Drive Fire Costs
As part of our ongoing research on fire costs, this new study shows 84 percent of private lands near fire-prone public forests in the West today are undeveloped. Using 2010 Census data we provide both county-by-county and state-level analysis along with rankings.

Protected_Lands_and_County_PCIProtected Federal Lands Increase Per Capita Income
Utilizing a statistical model, Headwaters Economics created an interactive map to show the amount of per capita income explained by protected federal lands for each county in the non-metropolitan West. This work builds on our West Is Best report.

Transmission_LinesEnergy Transmission: Providing Guidance to Local Decision Makers
Headwaters Economics collaborated on an energy transmission workshop at the Western Governors Association in January to discuss landowner and community impacts and recent work on the proposed SunZia line in the Southwest.

MillinocketThe Economic Potential of a New Maine National Park
Two reports analyze the current economies of Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties, Maine, summarize the costs and benefits of a new National Park and Recreation Area in that region, and compare how similar peer areas with National Parks and Recreation Areas have performed.