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Counties With Federal Land See More Economic Growth Than Those Without

The recent standoff at at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon highlighted the debate over the role of federally-owned land, especially in the west.

Now, a new reportfrom the non-profit research group Headwaters Economics looks at whether there’s an economic benefit or impediment to non-metro counties with federal land in the west.

Megan Lawson is an economist with Headwaters Economics.

Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.