The Economic Role of Public Lands in Today's Economy
Thursday, September 5, 2013, 11:45am - 1:15pm
The Owyhee Hotel
Dr. Ray Rasker

Idaho governors have long talked around this topic.  Gov. Andrus often said that Idahoans get a second paycheck in the form of the amenities they receive from her public lands.  Gov. Otter wondered whether the economic benefits from the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course might be more than from any wilderness area.

Here’s our chance to seek answers to these questions about the value of our wild lands tothe state’s economy.  To what degree does wilderness lead to increased tourism impacts? 

Or do wild lands actually lure newcomers to our state?  Is it the gateway communities next to wilderness that benefit or, as is too often the case, the state’s metro areas?


Ray Rasker is the Executive Director of Headwaters Economics, an independent think tank operating out of Bozeman, Mont., that seeks to improve community development and land management decisions in the West.

Dr. Rasker has written extensively on rural development and the role of environmental quality in economic prosperity. He holds an affiliate faculty position at Montana State University. His organization has created a number of decision tools for local leaders and has published on many of the hot topics debated in the West.   He sees a positive relationship between protected public lands and economic prosperity, but there are several important nuances to understand. 

Come and engage in a discussion of the value of public lands in the quality of Western life and in the health of our economies.  Note the new location for this forum at the Owyhee Hotel ballroom.

This is a joint presentation of City Club of Boise and Idaho Environmental Forum. Idaho Environmental Forum members who would like to attend can do so at City Club Member Price.

Chair: Matt Cryer
Moderator: Dick Gardner
Underwriters: Perkins Coie LLP