The Economic Impact of Preserving
Washington’s Roadless National Forests

by Thomas Michael Power, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics, University of Montana
Missoula, Montana 59812
June 13, 2000

This study analyzes the likely economic impacts of protecting all of Washington’s roadless areas from roaded commercial development. This report and others can also be found at the Environmental Media Services Greenroom -
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Overview Overview.doc (26K)
Executive Summary ExecSummary.doc (274K)
Table of Contents TableContents.doc (19K)
Chapter 1 - The Economic Values Associated with Wild Forest Lands:  Introduction Chapter1.doc (38K)
Chapter 2 - National Forest Timber Harvest and Local Economic Well-Being in Washington: What the Data from the 1990’s Decline in Federal Harvests Tells Us Chapter2.doc (2,169K)
Chapter 3 - Linking Federal Timber Harvests to the Local Economy: Why Has the Historical Link Been So Weak? Chapter3.doc (436K)
Chapter 4 - The Economic Value of Protected Natural Landscapes Chapter4.doc (292K)
Chapter 5 - The Projected Economic Impacts of Protecting Washington’s Roadless Areas Chapter5.doc (631K)

This study was made possible by a grant from the Wilburforce Foundation for The Wild Washington Campaign. Study analysis and data are the independent work of Thomas M. Power, Ph.D., Economics Professor, University of Montana.