Upwards of 40 percent of all land in the United States is already under some form of government control or ownership—approximately 850 million acres out of America’s total 2.2 billion acres.
The government now appears poised to wield greater control over private property on a number of fronts and Montana will not be spared. Policies such as the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act, the Clean Water Restoration Act, and local growth management initiatives threaten Montana’s traditional way of life and make no economic sense.
As citizens we need to be aware of the importance of these matters in order to preserve our freedom and promote our well-being as a society. The Montana Policy Institute (MPI) and the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) are pleased to bring national, state, and local experts together for a discussion of these issues and to provide practical alternatives to help restore property rights in Montana.
For example, Randal O’Toole, an expert on urban growth, public land, and transportation issues will discuss his most recent book, The Best-Laid Plans, which calls for repealing federal, state, and local planning laws and proposes reforms that can help solve social and environmental problems without heavy-handed regulations. Terry L. Anderson, executive director of PERC and Hoover Institution fellow, will drive home the importance of property rights to the future of Montana. And as a bonus, Steve Hayward, co-author of the annual Index of Leading Environmental Indicators and the host of “An Inconvenient Truth . . . or Convenient Fiction,” will deliver a lively luncheon presentation on a property rights approach to climate policy.
We look forward to your company at what promises to be one of the most important policy events of the year.