West-Wide Economic Atlas

Headwaters Economics has created this West-wide interactive atlas (and accompanying regional summary) that shows how the West's economy is outperforming the rest of the United States while also providing details on socioeconomic performance and land use trends at the county and state level. These resources are designed to help local officials, decision-makers, community groups, and the media better understand and compare their economies using a handy "quick glimpse" of important indicators.

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Headwaters Economics

Headwaters Economics is an independent, nonpartisan research group focused on improving community development and land management decisions in the West. They work with community leaders, landowners, public land managers, elected officials, business owners, and other nonprofit organizations to give these partners credible information they can use to identify and solve problems, with expertise in the economics of land management, the evolving competitive position of rural economies, and collaborative approaches to conservation.

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Sightline Institute

Sightline Institute is an independent, nonprofit research and communications center—a think tank—founded in 1993. Sightline equips the Northwest's citizens and decision-makers with the policy research and practical tools they need to advance long-term solutions to our region's most significant challenges. Its work includes in-depth research, commentary, and analysis, delivered online, by email, and in-person to Northwest policy champions.

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Conservation Legacy on a Flagship Forest

In this 2014 report, Dr. John Weaver calls for completing the legacy of Wilderness lands in the Flathead National Forest in Montana. This report identifies important, secure habitats and landscape connections for five species—bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout, grizzly bears, wolverines, and mountain goats. These iconic species are vulnerable to loss of secure habitat from industrial land uses and/or climate change. Weaver found that the Flathead is a stronghold for these fish and wildlife species that have been vanquished in much of their range further south. His analysis shows that 90 percent of the Flathead has a "very high" or "high" conservation value for at least one of the five focal species.

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Safe Havens, Safe Passages

This 2013 report on critical landscapes in the Southern Canadian Rockies, British Columbia, and Montana, provides a conservation strategy to promote wildlife resiliency in the Southern Canadian Rockies to the future impacts of climate change and road use. The report's "safe passages and safe havens" were informed in part by an assessment of six iconic species—bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout, grizzly bears, wolverines, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep—five of which were ranked as highly vulnerable to projected changes.

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High Divide Landscape Perspective

Prepared for the Brainerd Foundation by Conservation Geography, this analysis provides an overview of the landscape characteristics of the High Divide region of Idaho and Montana.

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Lighthawk

LightHawk's mission is to champion environmental protection through the unique perspective of flight. Its goal is to mobilize enough volunteer pilots, aircraft, and resources to help tip the balance toward sustainability for every major environmental issue within our targeted areas of focus.

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DataViz

DataViz provides a fresh look at Headwaters Economic's research, via interactive maps and charts, infographics, and dynamic tools. Headwaters is an independent, nonpartisan research group focused on improving community development and land management decisions in the West.

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