While some threats to national forests, like climate change, may require long-term policy changes, there is an urgent need to address extreme wildfire risks now.
Holly Fretwell is a research fellow at PERC, where for more than two decades she has focused her research on public lands policy, property rights, and markets. As an outdoor enthusiast, Fretwell strives to enhance conservation through cooperation and entrepreneurship. She is author of Who is Minding the Federal Estate: Political Management of America’s Public Lands. She has presented papers promoting the use of markets in public land management and has provided Congressional testimony on the state of U.S. national parks and the future of the Forest Service. An educator at heart, Fretwell taught economics at Montana State University for 15 years, works with the Foundation for Teaching Economics providing high school teachers with better tools to motivate economic thinkers, and co-authored curriculum for high school teachers on economic principles. Fretwell holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in resource economics from Montana State University. For Fretwell, Montana is the perfect home where she can ski, hike, bike, fish, and explore the environment with one step out the door.