The natural resource base in the region, while relatively abundant in terms of the capability to satisfy local demands, is nonetheless the focal point for regional and extra-regional economic conflict. Ownership of the large deposits of exploitable resources is vested largely with the federal government and corporations headquartered out of state. Thus, from a regional perspective, policies affecting the disposition of the regional resource base are largely determine outside the region. From this same perspective, there is a need to develop a detailed description of the economy as it presently exists and an analytical framework which is capable of assessing the direct and indirect consequences of alternative scenarios for resource exploitation proposed by the public and private sectors of the economy. This description and analysis constitutes the major thrust of the research reported here.