Recreation dependence, population growth from new residents, and income inequality are strongly associated with less affordable housing in non-metro counties.
Outdoor recreation is a way of life and economic powerhouse for New Mexico. New Mexico residents enjoy outdoor recreation on more than 35 million acres of public lands and the outdoor recreation economy directly supports $1.2 billion in income and 33,500 jobs.
The outdoor recreation economy is large, growing faster than the overall economy, and consists of jobs in many industries. Explore data by state.
Montana’s outdoors attracts people and talent, creating jobs and a high quality of life. The outdoors is essential to the state’s future economic growth.
Funding for Montana’s working lands, wildlife, and outdoor recreation is not keeping pace as population, visitation, and development pressures expand.
Updated: Headwaters Economics compiled 144 trails research studies on the impacts of trails in a single library, searchable by type of benefit, use, year, and region.
Investing in outdoor recreation is one of several strategies that can help rural communities thrive in a changing economy.
Recreation counties, especially in non-metro places, draw new residents and have higher incomes and faster earnings growth than places without recreation.
Communities and local leaders can utilize this trails toolkit to better understand whether and how trails can accomplish local goals, along with the cost and benefits of proposed projects.
A new report highlights the role of Montana’s outdoor recreation economy in spending, jobs, and economic diversification.
Urban trail efforts increasingly are focusing on providing equitable access to trails. Trails and parks can create substantial benefits for public health, property values, and quality of life.
Improving economic diversification and outdoor recreation in Bonner County will bring new spending and jobs to the community.
Best practices for balancing the needs for clean drinking water, recreation, and economic development in municipal watersheds.
Outdoor recreation and the economic impact of Whitefish Trail use in Whitefish, Montana.
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.
Explore seasonal use—including the amount, type, and timing—for 25 regional trails and pathways.
In the Taos, New Mexico area trails are a fundamental part of health and quality of life, but differences in access to trails may limit the benefits for Hispanic and low-income residents.
Trails are good for people, but the health and social benefits of trails are not equally available to everyone.
Many people talk about trails and quality of life, but how do we measure and obtain it?