Best practices for balancing the needs for clean drinking water, recreation, and economic development in municipal watersheds.
The number of western Montana homes in areas with high wildfire hazard has doubled, outpacing development rates in areas with low wildfire hazard.
This interactive and background materials show visits, spending, and the number of jobs created in gateway communities for every National Park Service unit.
A recent review published in the Resources Policy journal with researchers at Montana State University shows that coal communities lack strong transition plans and largely are unprepared for coming changes.
This report summarizes Gallatin County’s economy, how it has grown, and what is driving its performance. The report also describes how growth threatens open space and the role these lands play in local quality of life.
Outdoor recreation and the economic impact of Whitefish Trail use in Whitefish, Montana.
From 1990 to 2016, the number of single-family homes in Montana grew by 50 percent, and the popularity of large lots converted 1.3 million acres of undeveloped land to housing.
Review the different rates of home construction and loss of open space across Montana counties.
By pairing limited, local surveys with activity tracking app data, we are estimating trail use across large areas.
Updated: This report describes the benefits of a frontage path–a proposed paved, multi-use pathway connecting Belgrade and Bozeman along an approximately ten-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 10 in Gallatin County.
The economic challenges and opportunities in Taos County stem from being both a bustling mountain resort town, and a rural community facing long-term socioeconomic challenges.
Identify neighborhoods in six Great Lakes cities that meet socioeconomic vulnerability criteria.
Western counties once dependent on timber today perform similarly to like-sized counties. Three case studies outline economic lessons from counties that weathered the timber transition.
Western counties are experiencing a wide disparity in youth migration. While some are attracting and keeping young adults and families, others are struggling.
While national poverty rates dropped in the last year, the county-level picture is mixed.
Understanding your local economy and how it compares to peers is a crucial part of community and economic development.
Slide show: A theory of economic development in the rural West.
Hispanics account for roughly one in four westerners and one in six rural westerners.
Seven case studies illustrate best practices and lessons learned to develop programs for outdoor state recreation funding.
National interactive map and charts show Medicaid-dependent counties and populations at risk.