View a presentation given at the Our America’s Rural Opportunity forum about the context of public lands and the rural west.
This interactive and background materials show visits, spending, and the number of jobs created in gateway communities for every National Park Service unit.
A media campaign to promote a trails information site in Las Vegas, Nevada appears to have significantly increased trail use across most trails studied. The size of the gain in trail use appears to be independent of trail lighting, landscaping, and trail length.
During the past decade Nevada and the West outperformed the nation, and the competitive advantage offered by its protected lands supported job growth and higher per-capita incomes.