Making Every Dollar Count
Making Every Dollar Count: Leveraging Federal Investments in Land Management to Benefit Local Communities
Rural communities of the West located near forest lands have seen a steady decline in local economies as their once-relied-upon extractive industries reduce, and, in some instances, cease operations. Could government procurement contracting provide revenue streams for these local economies? In the Fall 2016 issue of Rural Connections, University of Montana-Missoula researchers present two case studies "that use federal contracting data to understand: 1) the value and types of activities being procured by the US Forest Service to accomplish forest maintenance and restoration objectives, and 2) assess the degree to which forest communities are currently benefiting from this work."