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Olympic Peninsula Report

Olympic Peninsula Report

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Published by: Dave Haviland on Mar 06, 2012
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The
 
Economy
 
of 
 
the
 
Olympic
 
Peninsulaand
 
Potential
 
Impacts
 
of 
 
the
 
Draft
 
Congressional
 
Watershed
 
Conservation
 
Proposal
 
A
 
Research
 
Paper
 
by
 
March
 
2012
 
 
The
 
Economy
 
of 
 
the
 
Olympic
 
Peninsulaand
 
Potential
 
Impacts
 
of 
 
the
 
Draft
 
Congressional
 
Watershed
 
Conservation
 
Proposal
 
March 2012PUBLISHED ONLINE:http://headwaterseconomics.org/land/reports/olympic-peninsula 
ABOUT
 
HEADWATERS
 
ECONOMICS
 Headwaters Economics is an independent, nonprofit research group whose mission is to improvecommunity development and land management decisions in the West. We have extensiveexperience working on economies associated with public lands and rural development.Headwaters Economics is based in Bozeman, Montana.
CONTACT
 
INFORMATION
 
Ben Alexander,ben@headwaterseconomics.org, 406-599-7423P.O. Box 7059Bozeman, MT 59771http://headwaterseconomics.org 
Cover Photos: Olympic Peninsula Tourism Commission & National Park Service.
 
 
TABLE
 
OF
 
CONTENTS
 
Introduction ..................................................................................................................................... 1
Executive Summary ........................................................................................................................ 2
Methods ........................................................................................................................................... 5
Olympic Peninsula .......................................................................................................................... 6
Land ............................................................................................................................................. 6
People .......................................................................................................................................... 8
Economy ...................................................................................................................................... 9
Summary ................................................................................................................................... 15
Timber-Related Industries ............................................................................................................. 16
Trends in Timber-Related Sectors ............................................................................................. 16
Drivers of Timber Industry Change .......................................................................................... 19
Summary ................................................................................................................................... 21
Travel and Tourism Industries and the Amenity Economy ........................................................... 23
Trends in Travel and Tourism Sectors ...................................................................................... 23
Outdoor Recreation Economy ................................................................................................... 25
Broader Economic Role of Natural Amenities .......................................................................... 27
Olympic Peninsula .................................................................................................................... 29
Summary ................................................................................................................................... 30
Potential Impact of the Draft Congressional Watershed Conservation Proposal .......................... 31
Wilderness ................................................................................................................................. 31
Wild and Scenic Rivers ............................................................................................................. 32
Additions to Olympic National Park ......................................................................................... 33
Potential Fiscal Impacts ............................................................................................................. 34
Summary ................................................................................................................................... 39
References ..................................................................................................................................... 41
 

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