The influence of climate, amenities and socio-economic factors on population growth in areas around western national forest land
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Understanding factors that do and do not affect population change helps public land managers anticipate future population changes around national forests and informs future land management planning decisions. This study examines the effects of climate, natural and manmade amenities and socio-economic factors on population growth in rural counties in the West that contain national forest land. Further, it employs a series of forecasting models to estimate population change through 2060 under multiple climate change scenarios and a baseline climate scenario, with particular focus on the five ...