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.
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.
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.
What changes are needed to help make California’s water supplies more sustainable over the long term and better able to respond to periods of drought? Reed Watson joined a panel of experts offering policy recommendations in The Environmental Forum.
In the George Wright Forum, Holly Fretwell offers a new strategy for creating and maintaining new national park areas.
...the first thing to do is stop digging.
Reed Watson, Scott Wilson
Congress should stop acquiring more federal land for the park system and start maintaining what we’ve already got.
With summer fast approaching and the snow melting from all but the highest peaks around Bozeman, now is a good time to update our supporters on PERC’s recent accomplishments and upcoming plans.
Using the LWCF to acquire land—without first addressing the billions of dollars in deferred maintenance on the existing federal land—will threaten the ecological health, public accessibility and economic productivity of these precious lands.
Holly Fretwell, Shawn Regan
Nearly half of the West is owned by the federal government. In this new report, PERC researchers find that the federal government loses money managing valuable natural resources on federal lands, while states generate financial returns.