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The Value of Public Lands

posted Jan 2, 2017, 6:16 AM by Action for Agriculture
The Headwaters Economics organization has released "The Value of Public Lands" a compilation of reports that shows:
  • Today, rural counties in the West with more federal lands or protected federal lands are performing better on average than their peers with less federal lands or protected federal lands in four key economic measures.
  • While every county has its own set of unique circumstances, numerous studies have concluded that protected federal public lands in the West, including lands in non-metro counties, can be an important economic asset that extends beyond tourism and recreation to attract people and businesses.
Although this is a USA based organization their research shows a promising connection between undeveloped lands and economic benefit.