Outcomes of Research

Completion of Objective 1 will result in a quantitative assessment of the economic impacts to rural communities and regions in which bison have been re-introduced, and to understand how these impacts influence a community’s ability to adapt to change.

Completion of Objective 2 will result in a comparative framework to understand strategies of community leaders and stakeholder groups to assess regional growth opportunities in two rural areas of Jasper and Will Counties (IA and IL, resp.) that are undergoing various landscape changes related to agriculture, conservation, suburbanization, and/or industrialization.


Completion of Objective 3 will result in a profile of communities in the two counties, and an assessment of resident responses to regional indicators of social and economic growth.

Completion of Objective 4 will result in planning workshops for mutual learning about social and economic development related to landscape changes at the two study sites.