Policy Impact

The conservation ideas researched at PERC are important in informing environmental policy. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit we do not engage in lobbying, but we do get our ideas off the shelves by providing testimony before Congress, submitting public comments, sharing research briefs with policy makers, and hosting events to share policy ideas.

Policy Advancements
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Wild Horses

The Bureau of Land Management implemented a new incentive program, based on PERC’s research, that will reduce the massive overpopulation crisis, protect public lands against overgrazing, and save taxpayers nearly $50,000 over the lifetime of each horse. Read more here.

National Park Fees

With $12 billion in deferred maintenance projects and a funding squeeze exacerbated by the creation of new parks, there has been a clamour for tax increases to fund the national parks maintenance backlog. Aligned with PERC research, the Department of Interior adopted a market-based user-fee solution that doesn’t plunder taxpayers wallets and keeps 80% of funds within the park where the fee was collected. Read more here.

Endangered Species Act Improvements

In March of 2018, PERC proposed a reform that would incentivize recovery efforts for endangered species by easing regulation as the population improves. This fall, the Department of Interior proposed a draft rule change, which we encouraged and commented on, aligned with our approach. We anticipate this becoming final in 2019. Read more here.

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The Role of Hunting in Conserving African WildlifeStatement before the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife on how trophy hunting provides the incentives and revenues necessary to make wildlife conservation efforts more resilient in the fact of change on July 18, 2019.

Bringing the LWCF Into the 21st Century: Statement before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on ways to improve the Land and Water Conservation Fund on June 25, 2019.

Grizzly Bear Recovery and Management: Statement before the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee on the importance of state management of recovered grizzly bears and how continued federal oversight of recovered wildlife reduces conservation under the Endangered Species Act on May 15, 2019.

Improving the Endangered Species Act: Statement before the House Committee on Natural Resources on a collection of bills that seek to reform the Endangered Species Act on September 26, 2018.

Restoring Our National Parks: Statement before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on National Parks’ hearing on S. 3172, the Restore Our Parks Act, on July 11, 2018.

More Testimony Here

Public Comments and Amicus Briefs
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Amicus Brief on Grizzly Bear Conservation: PERC and the Pacific Legal Foundation’s court brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit arguing that the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bear population is recovered and should be delisted from the Endangered Species Act.

Public Comment on Proposals to Improve the Endangered Species Act: PERC weighs in on efforts by the Department of the Interior to “improve and modernize” the Endangered Species Act.

Written Comment on U.S. Support for Reforms to Botswana’s Wildlife Sector: PERC’s comments supporting proposed reforms to Botswana’s wildlife sector to promote conservation and regional security interests of both Botswana and the United States.

Amicus Brief on Property Rights and Rockweed HarvestingPERC and the Pacific Legal Foundation’s court brief before the Maine Supreme Court supporting property rights and their role in sustainable rockweed harvesting.

More Public Comments Here


Challenges and Solutions to Improve Federal Lands Management
November 14, 2018 – In partnership with the Heritage Foundation

A panel discussion with federal lands managers and experts on where federal lands management is going and creative policy ideas for the future.