BBER Publications

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Technical Report

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U.S. Forest Service


University of New Mexico, Bureau of Business and Economic Research


The UNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research conducted a socioeconomic analysis of the Carson National Forest (CNF) and surrounding communities for the U.S. Forest Service. The report includes quantitative data on the CNF overall, and on the various activities within its boundaries — recreation, livestock grazing, and timber harvesting — as well as demographics on the population of northern New Mexico. The authors used input-output analysis to determine CNFs economic impact. The study's principal finding: of the six ranger districts in the CNF, Questa attracted the most visitors and had the greatest economic impact, largely because of its winter sports opportunities. Includes a bibliography of works cited; illustrated with tables and color maps.'