Becoming the Nature Conservancy’s project manager for the Patagonian Grasslands of Argentina in 2008 was a dream come true for Carlos E. Fernández, a native-born Argentine who spent years helping the Nature Conservancy jumpstart its work in his home country. As project manager, Carlos guides the Conservancy’s work to protect Patagonia grasslands by promoting the conservation of working landscapes and harmonizing development and infrastructure initiatives with natural assets. Learn More
Since my first professional experiences at the end of the 1980s, environmental protection got really big. We’ve seen a lot of progress, but there were also setbacks, bureaucracy, and other lows. As I got more interested in an economic perspective of environmental protection, I visited PERC for 5 weeks in 2004.
PERC was an eye opener for many things. I believe PERC is the most important environmental think tank in the world. Their research is concerned with the real world, not the blackboard. Perhaps the most important insight I took home from Bozeman was that a society has two ways of getting things: by buying or by taking. In Switzerland, we had a tradition of the state buying the stuff it needed. Today this virtue has been lost in nature protection, and the exponential growth of regulation is now a world-wide phenomenon. Learn more
Although Fred spends most of the year in Florida, he and his family enjoy spending time in the sleepy ghost town of Virginia City, Montana. An avid fly and ice fisherman, as well as a winter recreationalist, PERC Board Meetings offer Fred another great opportunity to return to Big Sky Country and further his passion for liberty and the environment. Learn More
"Over the last several decades I've had the incredible opportunity to pursue my love of nature as a vocation and avocation around the globe. During this time, a constant theme has been the question of how to show proper stewardship of these settings, as well as the wildlife and communities that inhabit them. I’m passionate about PERC’s message because repeatedly I’ve seen that we best care for the resources for which we have a deep sense of ownership and connection to. Free market environmentalism is fundamentally about making the unmanipulated nexus between what we value and nature. Stewardship is always going to be about choices and, therefore, never easy or without change. For me, PERC is about highlighting the brightest thinking on these choices in real time so that each day I’m in the best possible position to positively conserve the places, wildlife, and communities to which I have a responsibility." Learn more
“Over the years, as a chief policy advisor to a governor, a businessman, and then as a state wildlife commissioner, I grew frustrated at environmental policy that seemed like a one-way road to a command and control model. It left me feeling unsettled that conservation was defined exclusively by a government-heavy regulatory system, especially since I knew there were private landowners, entrepreneurs, communities, businesses and individuals out there doing right by the environment. That’s how I came to love PERC. PERC serves as their voice, and has done so for the past 30 years.
PERC has inspired me to approach conservation with an eye toward getting the incentives right. At the end of the day, incentives matter, and ownership—that personal investment, love, and connection to something or someplace special—to me has always seemed the best incentive for stewardship. Put it all together, and it’s called free market environmentalism.” Learn More