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Analysis and Commentary

Allow “nonuse rights” to conserve natural resources

by Bryan Leonard, Shawn Regan, Dominic Parker, Andrew Plantinga, V. Kerry Smithvia Science
Friday, August 27, 2021

Market approaches to environmental conservation, by which mechanisms such as property rights, prices, and contracts are used to advance environmental goals, have gained traction globally in recent decades. But in many cases, antiquated rules limit their role in conserving public natural resources. “Use-it-or-lose-it” requirements, together with narrow definitions of eligible “uses,” can preclude environmental groups from participating in markets for natural resources. These restrictions can bias resource management in favor of extractive users, even when conservation interests are willing to pay more to protect resources from development. 

Additional Co-Authors: Christopher Costello, Suzi Kerr, James Salzman, and Temple Stoellinger

Analysis and Commentary

No Wonder The Standing Rock Sioux Opposed The Pipeline

by Terry Anderson, Shawn Reganvia National Review
Monday, December 12, 2016
Because of stifling federal regulations, they had no chance to benefit from it.

How To Create A National Park Without Taxpayers Footing The Bill

by Terry Anderson, Shawn Reganvia Bangor Daily News
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Should the federal government create a national park in the North Woods? It’s a question that divides many in Maine. Some fear the effects of more federal control in the state. Others say a new park will bring economic growth to a depressed region.

Analysis and Commentary

How Trophy Hunting Can Save Lions

by Terry Anderson, Shawn Reganvia The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, August 6, 2015

The revenues support the agencies that safeguard wildlife from poachers.

In the News

Shoot an Elephant, Save a Community

by Terry Anderson, Shawn Reganvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, June 6, 2011
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Shoot an Elephant, Save a Community

by Terry Anderson, Shawn Reganvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 6, 2011

By assigning economic value to animals, hunting preserves more wildlife than it kills.