Utah State University

Publication Index

52 Publications


Aboriginal Influences and the Original State of Nature: A New Paradigm for Conservation

Authors: Charles E. Kay

Date Published: 8/5/2013


An Analysis of Utah HB148: Comparing Federal and State Land Management Regimes

Authors: Christopher Martin, Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

The purpose of this report is to develop a metric for comparing costs across land administration entities with land management responsibilities within the State of Utah. For lands to be transferred to the State under the Transfer of Public Lands Act, we estimate the total per annum cost to the State of Utah. Using the US GAO’s 1997 report Land Ownership: Similarities and Differences in the Management of Selected State and Federal Land Units (GAO/RCED-97-158) as a template for our metrics, we have gathered data from the major land administrating entities in the State of Utah to determine cost per acre and, where applicable, cost per visitor. All entities except the Bureau of Land Management have delivered data, and upon receipt of data from the Bureau of Land Management cost estimations will be forwarded as an amendment to this study.

Date Published: 2/6/2013


Annotated Bibliography Free Market Environmentalism

Authors: Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 12/28/2012


Articles Citing Lewis' Analyze the Impact of Public Land management on Wage Growth Rates in the Northern Rain Forest Region

Authors: Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 8/10/2010


Barriers to Participation? Factors Associated with the Choice of Presidential Selection Processes

Authors: Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 7/1/2011


Boon or Bust: Wilderness Designation and Local Economies

Authors: Randy T Simmons, Brian Steed, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 4/30/2012


Carbon Tax

Authors: Kayla Harris, Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 1/1/2013


Carbon Tax?

Authors: Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Most economists prefer a tax to regulation, and for those seeking to decarbonize the US economy a Pigouvian carbon tax is an attractive policy prescription. A non-romantic view of a carbon tax is consistent with Pigou’s largely forgotten warning that such a tax is “a potential opportunity” for self interest to trump the general interest. Congress may pass a carbon tax but it will have less to do with carbon reduction and more to do with redistributing income, exempting favorite companies, and making promises that future congresses will not keep.

Date Published: 1/16/2013


Chris Stewart OpEd

Date Published: 6/27/2012


Chris Stewart OpEd

Authors: Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 6/27/2012


Climate Policy as Political Entrepreneurship

Authors: Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 11/29/2012


CONSERVATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

Authors: Kayla Harris, Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Competing claims about the economic value of public lands to local communities abound. Officials from the outdoor recreation industry, for example, claim that protecting lands from multiple uses such as motorized and even pedal-powered recreation and oil, gas, and mineral extraction is "really truly about jobs"(Prettyman 2012). A hunting and fishing group, Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development, commissioned a study that examined the relationship between economic security and public land management strategies. The study's authors concluded that in rural counties in the Rocky Mountain West "as the proportion of conservation/recreation lands declines, so do indicators of economic health and growth" (Southwick 2012, 19). By contrast, we find that wilderness and public lands, in general, negatively impacts local economic conditions.

Date Published: 12/31/2012

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Conservation and Economic Growth

Authors: Kristen Dawson, Luci Griffiths, Megan Hansen, Kayla Harris, Nicholas S. Hilton, Jordan Carl Hunt, Justine Larsen, Tanoya Paulson, Randy T Simmons, Kelsey White, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 1/3/2013


Costs of Land Administration in Utah

Authors: Richard Criddle, Kayla Harris, Jordan Carl Hunt, Christopher Martin, Braedan Udy, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 10/1/2012


CRS Report Summaries

Authors: Christopher Martin, Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 4/18/2013


Economic Impacts of Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance Litigation on Local Commnities

Authors: Joshua Bennion, Traves Bills, Courtney Brinkerhoff, Matthew Coates, Richard Criddle, Megan Hansen, Kayla Harris, Nicholas S. Hilton, Jordan Carl Hunt, Andrew Izatt, Justine Larsen, Neal Mason, Grant Timothy Patty, Randy T Simmons, Shayla Slaymaker, Ian Dean Summers, Zach Volin, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 8/27/2013


Economic Impacts of WildEarth Guardians Litigation on Local Communities

Authors: Traves Bills, Joshua Blotter, Rhet Busk, Matthew Coates, Kristen Dawson, Josh DeFrieze, Luci Griffiths, Kayla Harris, Nicholas S. Hilton, Justine Larsen, Neal Mason, Amy Mciff, Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 3/1/2012


Economic Liberty

Date Published: 5/9/2013


Economic Liberty

Authors: Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 5/9/2013


Energy In National Monuments

Authors: Joshua Bennion, Matthew Coates, Richard Criddle, Megan Hansen, Kayla Harris, Nicholas S. Hilton, Jordan Carl Hunt, Andrew Izatt, Neal Mason, Grant Timothy Patty, Randy T Simmons, Ian Dean Summers, Zach Volin, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 8/23/2013


Environmental Ballot Measures and their Effects

Authors: Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 3/14/2012


Green Entrepreneurship

Authors: Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 5/9/2013


Green Revenue? Local Governments and Wilderness Designation

Authors: Sarah Reale, Randy T Simmons, Brian Steed, Ryan M. Yonk

There has been a lack of consensus among authors on the effects Wilderness Lands have on local economies, the environment, and the counties in which they reside. The goal of our research was to provide an analysis on the missing pieces of the research. To this point, there was no analysis done specifically on the effects Wilderness Lands have on local government tax revenue. Through our two-part test, we found that sales and property taxes in counties with Wilderness Lands are higher than those that do not have the presence of Wilderness Lands. However we also found that expenditures in counties with Wilderness Lands are more than expenditure costs in counties without Wilderness Lands.

Date Published: 6/30/2012


Green Revenue? Local Governments and Wilderness Designation

Authors: Sarah Reale, Randy T Simmons, Brian Steed, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 5/3/2013


Green vs. Green Brief: Biofuels

Authors: Kayla Harris, Justine Larsen, Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 3/11/2013


Green vs. Green Briefs: Geothermal

Authors: Kayla Harris, Justine Larsen, Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 3/11/2013


Green vs. Green Briefs: Hydroelectric Energy

Authors: Kayla Harris, Justine Larsen, Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 3/11/2013


Green vs. Green Briefs: Oil Shale & Orion vs. Salazar

Authors: Kayla Harris, Justine Larsen, Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 3/11/2013


Green vs. Green Briefs: Solar Power Summary

Authors: Kayla Harris, Justine Larsen, Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 3/11/2013


Green vs. Green Briefs: The Politics of Need

Authors: Kayla Harris, Justine Larsen, Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 3/11/2013


Green vs. Green Briefs: Wind Power Summary

Authors: Kayla Harris, Justine Larsen, Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 3/11/2013


Green vs. Green Heritage

Authors: Randy T Simmons, Brian Steed, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 5/16/2012


Green vs. Green Op Ed

Date Published: 10/11/2012


Green vs. Green Op Ed

Authors: Richard Criddle, Kayla Harris, Justine Larsen, Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 10/11/2012


Green vs. Green: The Political, Legal, and Administrative Pitfalls Facing Green Energy Production

Authors: Richard Criddle, Kayla Harris, Justine Larsen, Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 9/12/2012


Insurance Mandate Impact Statement

Authors: Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 2/16/2012


Micro-Hydro

Authors: Megan Hansen, Randy T Simmons, Ian Dean Summers, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 1/11/2013


NEPA: Death by Bureaucratic Assessments

Authors: Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 9/14/2010


Obama Monuments

Authors: Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 11/2/2012


Politics, Economics, and Federal Land Designation: Assess the Economic Impact of Land Protection- Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Authors: Randy T Simmons, Brian Steed, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 12/19/2011


Public Choice and Public Life

Authors: Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 10/4/2010


Public Lands and Political, Economic, and Social Structure of Rural Western Counties

Authors: Randy T Simmons, Brian Steed, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 12/17/2012


Quality of Life Brief

Authors: Christopher Fawson, Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 1/14/2013


Quality of Life: Building and Index

Authors: Christopher Fawson, Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 1/14/2013


Renewable Energy Siting and Transmission Resource

Authors: Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 4/8/2012


Roadless Rule Brief: State of Wyoming v. United States Department of Agriculture

Authors: Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 10/24/2011


Sharing Renewable Energy Payments: H.R. 596

Authors: Nicholas S. Hilton, Grant Timothy Patty, Tanner Robison, Ken Sim, Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 1/1/2014


The Case of the White Moustache

Authors: Kayla Harris, Christopher Martin, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 9/4/2012


The Local Impact of Wilderness: An Overtime Analysis of Wilderness Designation

Authors: Randy T Simmons, Brian Steed, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 4/2/2010


The Price of Government if Cache County's Cities and Towns

Authors: Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 5/1/2008


Utah's Medical Program Eligibility HB174

Authors: Rhet Busk, Matthew Coates, Kristen Dawson, Heidi Eysser, Kayla Harris, Roberta Q. Herzberg, Nicholas S. Hilton, Neal Mason, Amy Mciff, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 3/1/2012


Western States Public Lands Survey finds "Problems" are not that big of a deal

Authors: Ken Sim, Ryan M. Yonk

Date Published: 5/9/2013