Terry Anderson

John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow

Terry L. Anderson has been a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution since 1998 and is currently the John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow. He is the past president of the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, MT, and a Professor Emeritus at Montana State University where he won many teaching awards during his 25 year career.

Anderson is one of the founders of “free market environmentalism,” the idea of using markets and property rights to solve environmental problems, and in 2015 published the third edition of his co-authored book by that title. He is author or editor of 39 books, including most recently, Unlocking the Wealth of Indian Nations (2016), exploring the institutional underpinnings of American Indian reservation economies.

In addition to publishing in professional journals, Terry Anderson speaks around the world and is often featured in the popular press, including frequent editorials in the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Anderson received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1972 and has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University, Basel University, Clemson University, and Cornell, and a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Canterbury.

Terry is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fly fishing, hiking, skiing, horseback riding, and archery hunting.

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Recent Commentary


Endangered Species Should Face Same Trump Test As National Monuments

by Terry Andersonvia The Hill
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

This week, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is touring two national monuments as part of President Trump’s April 26 executive order to review the last 20 years of national monument designations. The order gave Zinke 45 days to review monuments and determine whether any should be “rescinded, resized or modified in order to better benefit our public lands.” 

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Freedom for Indian Country

by Terry Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 24, 2017

The federal government has long been proven unworthy of Indians’ trust. How the new administration can do better. 


Utah Faces Down The Rock-Climbing Industrial Complex

by Terry Andersonvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, March 12, 2017

Companies selling outdoor gear lobby endlessly for more federal wilderness—subsidized by the taxpayer.

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The Climate Of Word Change

by Terry Anderson, Kurt R. Leubevia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Political debate has been corrupted by doublespeak and semantic traps.


Green As Can Be: RPS vs LCPS – A Better Way To Reduce Carbon Emissions

by Terry Andersonvia PolicyEd.org
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Low Carbon Portfolio Standards are a more effective and affordable way to reduce carbon emissions because they expand the options utilities have to purchase low carbon electricity.

A Litmus Test For Trump's Public Land Policies

by Terry Andersonvia Forbes
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

After lecturing Trump on the abuse of executive power, President Obama exercised his executive power to set aside over 1.5 million acres as the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah and Gold Butte National Monument near Las Vegas. These two monuments bring Obama’s total to 30, more than any other president.


Property Rights, Access And Neighborliness

by Terry Andersonvia Helena Independent Record
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The U.S. Forest Service recently decided to reroute a road in the Bridger Mountains near Bozeman rather than engage in a costly court battle with a landowner to obtain a prescriptive easement across his property. For many access advocates, that rational agreement represents a slippery slope.

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.

Presidential Medal Of Freedom Should Come With Freedom For American Indians

by Terry Andersonvia Forbes
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Today, November 22, Blackfeet tribal leader Elouise Cobell will be among 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The White House announcement cites Cobell’s efforts to found the Native American Bank and her inspiration to Native American women as the reasons for the award, but her most notable legacy is the case of Cobell v. Salazar.

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The Wealth Of (Indian) Nations

by Terry Andersonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Many reservations are mired in poverty even though they sit on vast stores of natural resources.