Landscapes of Opportunity

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Client: National Parks Conservation Association, Southwest Regional Office. Download report.

About the project: Harbinger dug into economic data and interviewed local community and business leaders to understand the complex, symbiotic relationships between national park lands in southeastern Utah and nearby communities in Utah’s Grand and San Juan counties.

The breathtaking scenery and cultural history of southeast Utah’s national parks and monuments—Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments—draw more than one million visitors annually, offer innumerable benefits for residents, and contribute to slow but steady local economic growth.

The report concludes by identifying opportunities for leveraging proximity to the parks to create more economic success for area residents while maintaining the landscape that makes this region so attractive.

Four years after its publication, the report was still in use, and was used as the backbone of a 2013 Utah Gateway Community Forum focusing on opportunities and responsibilities of proximity to protected public lands.

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