PERC Vice President of Law and Policy Jonathan Wood joins Caleb O. Brown of the Cato Daily Podcast to discuss how litigation often thwarts and delays necessary forest restoration projects. Managing forests is more than putting out fires, and excessive litigation can make the risk and consequences of wildfire worse. Projects can often be delayed by decades, and in the worst cases, litigious delays allow wildfires to burn through parts of a forest sited for restoration before the work can even begin. Jonathan explains how regulatory reform can make litigation less disruptive by requiring lawsuits to be filed quickly and clarifying how fire risks and forest health should affect injunction decisions.
Getting rid of use-it-or-lose-it rules will be a win-win for free markets and the environment.
Wildfire prevention and suppression could be bolstered by improved access to public lands.
It's time for Montana to reassess what it can do to reduce future wildfire risk.