2014 Julian Simon Fellow Werner Troesken, author of The Great Lead Pipe Disaster, provides some perspective on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
Well-intentioned policies drained half of America’s wetlands. With restoration efforts underway from coast to coast, we must ask whether environmental rules and regulations help or hinder wetland conservation.
This PERC Policy Series explores the underlying issues fueling conflicts such as the standoff in Oregon, as well as what might be done to resolve them. Battles such as this are the result of federal land policies that encourage conflict instead of negotiation.
Restoring private land is big business—and the benefits flow well beyond property boundaries.
In light of the Malheur standoff, the New York Times asked six contributors "should the government still own so much land in the West, and should its control over that land be reduced?"
Multiple organizational forms shape range management today, and through a comparison of state, private, and federal lands in the US, this essay helps explain why trust land agencies are not more market-oriented stewards of the land and resources.
Conservation efforts transform a cattle ranch into a wildlife haven.
Ben Guillon, Geoff Smick, Rob Schell, Liz Agraz
How assigning property rights to protected species turned a landfill into a conservation bank.
Reed Watson, Brent Fewell
The Department of Interior should be applauded for its efforts to harness water markets and habitat conservation, but the real success will be measured by the Interior's ability to get out of its own way, eliminating the rules and regulations that dis-incentivize conservation.
Private landowners are the driving force behind sage grouse conservation.
To protect lions and other endangered species, we must harness the tools of free market environmentalism to resolve human-wildlife conflict.
A safari group and local tribe join together to protect wildlife.
A quiet revolution is sweeping across the West, forging a new approach to conservation in the 21st century.
The EPA’s new water rule could discourage private conservation efforts.
We follow the lead of Aldo Leopold by reinforcing a land ethic that rewards landowners who engage in private conservation.
Around the world, landowners enhance wildlife habitat, clean water, and provide recreational opportunities. The new issue of PERC Reports features stories of private conservation in the public interest.
Ranchers navigate ecosystems of perpetual change.
When it comes to protecting fisheries, not all property rights are created equal.
The Foundation for Teaching Economics has honored Terry Anderson with the Gary Walton Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics. The successes of free market environmentalism are a testament to a career of fostering the economic way of thinking.