About Us

Founded in 1980 by a handful of outdoor-oriented economists in Bozeman, Montana, PERC—the Property and Environment Research Center—is a conservation and research institute dedicated to free market environmentalism. Our research examines how markets encourage cooperation instead of conflict over natural resources and how property rights make the environment an asset by giving owners incentives for stewardship. Together, they improve environmental quality.

By applying these lessons to environmental policy, we envision a culture of creative conservation and environmental entrepreneurship replacing the often ineffective and acrimonious political culture.

PERC is dedicated to working with conservationists, policymakers, scholars, and journalists to understand the root of environmental conflict and move toward innovative solutions. Our research, workshops, and fellowships strive to replace rhetoric with results and conflict with cooperation so that we can be better stewards of the environment.


PERC is dedicated to improving environmental quality through property rights and markets.

We envision results-focused conservation policies and practices that replace conflict with cooperation. Our goal is to foster a culture of environmental entrepreneurship.