Montana’s recent economic growth and the role of protected public lands in supporting employment creation and higher per-capita income are explored in this report.
West Is Best: Protected Lands Promote Idaho Jobs and Higher Incomes
Helped by its high quality of life and protected public lands, Idaho’s economy and population grew rapidly in the past decade. The majority of growth coming from health care and administrative services.
West Is Best: Protected Lands Promote Colorado Jobs and Higher Incomes
Colorado’s rate of population, employment, and real personal income growth has outpaced the nation and this fact sheet looks at the role of protected public lands in supporting jobs and higher incomes.
West Is Best: Protected Lands Promote California Jobs and Higher Incomes
This California report is part of a series that analyzes how and why the West is outperforming the nation, and the competitive advantage offered by its protected lands.
West Is Best: Protected Lands Promote Arizona Jobs and Higher Incomes
This fact sheet summarizes Arizona’s recent economic growth and the role of protected public lands in supporting faster job creation and higher per-capita income.
West Is Best: Protected Lands Promote Oregon Jobs and Higher Incomes
The great majority of Oregon’s net new jobs are from services industries, many of them high-paying. This report looks at the state’s economy and the role of protected public lands.
West Is Best: Protected Lands Promote Wyoming Jobs and Higher Incomes
Wyoming is an economic leader and protected public lands help the state grow and diversify its economy.
West Is Best: Protected Lands Promote Utah Jobs and Higher Incomes
Utah has been a national leader in economic growth during the past decade. This report looks at the state’s economy and the role of protected public lands.
Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front
This report analyzes the Front’s land, people, and economy, how the region has changed in important ways during the past several decades, and the potential impact of the proposed Rocky Mountain Heritage Act on the Front.
Colorado’s Economy and the Role of Federal Protected Lands
This report summarizes Colorado’s economy and the role of federal protected lands, including how the state has performed, and Colorado’s ability to attract people, investment, and businesses.
New Mexico’s Economy and the Role of Federal Protected Lands
An analysis of New Mexico’s economy and how federal protected lands impact economic performance.
Reports Show Economic Potential of a New Maine National Park
Headwaters Economics completed two reports on the economic costs and benefits of a possible new National Park and Recreation Area for Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties, Maine.
Economists Urge President Obama to Protect Federal Public Lands
More than 100 economists and academics urged President Obama to create and invest in new federal protected lands such as national parks, wilderness, and monuments.
Olympic Peninsula Economy and Potential Impact of Draft Wild Olympics Proposal
Report on the economy of the Olympics Peninsula and impact of the Wild Olympics proposal.
Public Lands Ranching in Southern Utah
A report on public lands ranching in southern Utah.
Carey, Idaho and Economic Recovery
This report summarizes interviews with local government and business leaders on obstacles to and opportunities for local economic recovery in Carey, Idaho from the last recession.
National Monuments: Detailed Reports
Headwaters Economics created a series of reports on the economic performance of western communities near national monuments.
Federal Land Payments to Counties: Background Analysis, History, and Context
Research on the history and context of county payments which play an important role in many rural communities–influencing public lands management, economic development, and funding for local schools, roads, and public safety.
Improving Deschutes County’s Competitiveness
The report analyzes the economic and fiscal challenges facing Deschutes County and provides recommendations to improve economic prospects.
U.S. Energy Needs and the Role of Western Public Lands
This report discusses the supply-side orientation of U.S. energy policy, and reviews existing data that describe available reserves, pricing structures, and patterns of consumption and demand.