This PERC Policy Series explores the underlying issues fueling conflicts such as the Masher standoff, 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.
When environmental groups buy ranchers' permits, there's no need for the feds to start rustling up trouble.
Federal land management agencies are increasingly receptive to innovative partnerships that can help share the burden of managing millions of acres of public land. In the case of Ohio's Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area, farmers are being sought to run about 35 small family farms.