An Analysis: Wildfire Management

In the wake of the 2012 Colorado fires which destroyed hundreds of homes and will cost an estimated $450 million in damage, PERC President Terry Anderson and former PERC fellow Sarah Anderson take a look at the motivating forces behind Forest Service fuel management decisions. Their research finds that although economic and political factors influence the Forest Service, ecology is at the heart of the issue.

Sarah Anderson is an Assistant Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara and was PERC Lone Mountain Fellow in 2007. She can be contacted at [email protected]
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Terry L. Anderson is a senior fellow at PERC and the former President and Executive Director of PERC as well as the John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His research helped launch the idea of free market environmentalism and has prompted public debate over the proper role of government in managing...
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