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Research Reports

These reports are readable research on Montana's geography, economics, demographics, politics, land and water use, fish and wildlife tourism, natural resource law.

Introduction to Research Reports

by: Susan Bury

Montanans have an enduring relationship with fish and wildlife but this relationship is changing. Read the report

The Biophysical Landscape

by: Tom Palmer, Information Bureau Chief, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, & Parks

Montana has three regions, distinct in terrain and climate, giving rise to different human and wildlife communities. Read the report

Montana's Demographics

by: George S. Masnick, Senior Fellow, Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University

A leading demographer who makes his home in Hamilton describes important population trends. Read the report

Economics and the West's Forest Lands

by: Larry D. Swanson, Associate Director, Center for the Rocky Mountain West, University of Montana, Missoula

Internet entrepreneurs and service professionals want to live near landscapes where extraction has traditionally provided the jobs. Read the report

The Political Environment

by: Jerry Johnson, Associate Professor, Political Science Department, Montana State University—Bozeman

coauthor: Les Lee Shell-Beckert, former Assistant Secretary of State for the State of Montana, currently Public Information Analyst, Clark County, Nevada

A revealing analysis of three recent statewide initiatives: outfitting reform, elk game farms, and use of cyanide in mining. Read the report

Fish & Wildlife Economic Values

by: John Duffield, Adjunct Research Professor of Economics, University of Montana, Missoula

How much would you pay to fish in a world-class trout stream? Learn about the importance of non-market values to fish and wildlife management. Read the report

Fish & Wildlife Social Values

by: Joseph G. Champ, Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism and Technical Communication, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado and Daniel W. McCollum, Rocky Mountain Research Station, US Forest Service, Fort Collins, Colorado

See how Montana's leading newspapers have portrayed fish and wildlife against the backdrop of extraordinary social and political change. Read the report

Fish & Wildlife Recreation and Tourism

by: Cindy S. Swanson, Director, Watershed, Wildlife, Fisheries & Rare Plants, USDA Forest Service, Northern Region, Missoula

Hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing are primary activities for Montana residents and nonresident visitors alike—a look at the facts and figures. Read the report

The Legal Landscape

by: John L. Horwich, Professor, Environmental Law, Director, Land Use Planning Clinic, University of Montana, Missoula

We can craft better laws today if we understand the true impact of the Endangered Species Act and other legislative decisions made decades ago. Read the report

The Agriculture Chapter

by: Vincent H. Smith, Professor, Agricultural Economics, Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University, Co-director, Montana State University Agricultural Marketing Policy Center.

Agriculture, along with mining and forestry, has been the cornerstone of Montana's economy from the very beginnings of the state's history as a part of the United States. Read the report