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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 non-resident visitors alike—a look at the facts and figures.
  • Land Use Change in Montana

    by: Jerry Johnson, Associate Professor, Political Science Department, Montana State University—Bozeman
    Are Montana's open lands giving way to subdivisions? A review of the data—plus, a look at the increase in water wells in growing Gallatin Valley.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Forest Management and the Forest Products Industry ( 573 KB)

    by: Charles E. Keegan, Carl E. Fiedler, and Thale Dillon, University of Montana
    Demographic and attitudinal changes in Montana since the mid-twentieth century have shifted a common view of natural resources as commodities more toward one of natural resources as amenities.