An Analysis: Wildfire Management

In the wake of the 2012 Colorado fires which destroyed hundreds of homes and will cost an estimated $450 million in damage, PERC President Terry Anderson and former PERC fellow Sarah Anderson take a look at the motivating forces behind Forest Service fuel management decisions. Their research finds that although economic and political factors influence the Forest Service, ecology is at the heart of the issue.

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Sarah Anderson is an Assistant Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara and was PERC Lone Mountain Fellow in 2007. She can be contacted at sanderson@bren.ucsb.edu
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Terry Anderson is the William A. Dunn Distinguished Senior Fellow and former President of PERC as well as the John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He believes that market approaches can be both economically sound and environmentally sensitive. His research helped launch the idea of free market...
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