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Advice to Enviros: Make peace with Western landowners

Leonard Gilroy
January 21, 2005, 9:29am

I think that this article presents an overly gloomy view of private conservation in the West, but the prescription is on the right track: It's nice to hear from voices in the environmental community calling for collaboration, not coersion, with regard to private conservation and land management. The author is correct that familiar "hammer" approaches to environmental policy in the context of private lands would be divisive and counterproductive. In contrast, innovations like market-based incentive systems open the door for significant progress towards the goals of environmentally-responsible land stewardship and ecosystem improvement. PERC's recent book, "Incentives and Conservation: The Next Generation of Environmentalists," explores these ideas in further detail. Also, be sure to check out Reason's Private Conservation Resource Center for more resources on private conservation. (Hat Tip: Nature Noted)

Leonard Gilroy is Director of Government Reform


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