This study analyzes the fossil fuel economy in five Rocky Mountain states—CO, MT, NM, UT, and WY—and how states and communities can maximize benefits and minimize the costs of energy development.
Crown of the Continent and Climate Change
This report studies the possible effects of climate change in the Crown of the Continent on two “snow-pack” dependent sectors of the economy–downhill skiing and recreational fishing.
Yellowstone River Atlas
This site documents the economic and demographic conditions of counties bordering the Yellowstone River, and displays maps showing past, current, and forecasted residential development along the river.
Clean Energy Leadership in the Rockies: Competitive Positioning in the Emerging Green Economy
The Clean Energy report compares how Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming are taking advantage of clean energy and energy efficiency opportunities to create green jobs.
Development Timeline: Oil Shale Activities in Colorado and Utah
While a handful of companies reported being active in the field-testing of new technologies in 2009, only one company had announced plans to upscale to a prototype (semi-works scale) facility.
Potential Impacts of Energy Development in New Mexico, with a Case Study of Otero County
This report analyzes the economic and fiscal contribution of the oil and natural gas industries in New Mexico along with a case study of proposed energy development on Otero Mesa.
Press Release: Clean Energy in the Rockies Report Released
Study Shows Which States Are Attracting Jobs, Businesses, and Investment; Five Key Steps to Future Growth
Clearwater Basin Collaborative
The Clearwater Basin Collaborative is a diverse group of regional interests working together to craft a plan for the protection, use, and management of National Forest land within the Clearwater Basin in Idaho.
The Economic Benefits of Southern New Mexico’s Natural Assets
This report examines how investments in conservation and restoration provide both an immediate return through employment and revenue and help promote long-term economic growth that extends far beyond tourism.
Potential Impacts of Energy Development in Montana, with a Case Study of the Powder River Basin
This report focuses on the economic and fiscal contributions of the oil and natural gas industries in Montana, including a case study of the Powder River Basin.
Impacts of Energy Development in Wyoming, with a Case Study of Sweetwater County
This report studies the significance of fossil fuel development in Wyoming, with a case study of the energy-focused county of Sweetwater County.
Fiscal Impact of the Montana Legacy Project
These studies review the fiscal impact on Mineral and Lake counties of the Montana Legacy Project.
Impacts of Energy Development in Colorado, with a Case Study of Mesa and Garfield Counties
This report explores the significance of fossil fuel energy development for Colorado with a case study of the implications for the West Slope economy.
Land Use Effects of Paving Rural Roads
This report, a first step toward understanding how paving rural roads impacts land use, reviewed eight projects in western Montana
High Divide GIS Data
Headwaters Economics developed historical and forecasted housing data for the High Divide based on county tax assessor records. Download GIS data showing 2013 home counts per Public Land Survey Section.
Montana Wildfire Cost Study- Technical Report
This report examines how residential development adds to the costs of fighting wildfires, using Montana as a case study.
The Economy of the Gila Region
This report explores the question of whether and how rural, isolated communities can benefit from being gateways to large expanses of public lands.
Santa Fe National Forest Workshop
The workshop involved the public in developing a new Forest Plan in light of the socioeconomic situation of the area and how it has changed since the last Forest Plan was adopted.