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“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, the stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” ― Aldo Leopold
“Without something like a conservation or land ethic, a sacramental regard for creation, a concern for future generations beyond one’s own short span on this planet, or some other moral and ethical North Star to guide and motivate citizens, farmers, ranchers, wood lot owners, and other actors, I am not optimistic that we can succeed on the basis of strictly free-market principles alone.” ― Tracy Mehan
Guest Contributor: Reed Watson
The following article was written by Reed Watson, Executive Director of PERC, and is being republished from PERC’s blog the Percololator.
A recently published article on predator conservation is generating significant attention in wildlife policy circles and in the mainstreammedia. The study, authored by Guillaume Chapron and Adrian Treves, points to changes in population growth rates of grey wolves during alternating periods of government-authorized culling to challenge the notion that legally killing threatened carnivores discourages illegal poaching.
Examining wolf populations in Wisconsin and Michigan during times when the species bounced on and off the endangered species list, the authors estimate population growth rates fell from 16 to 12 percent when culling was allowed.
Whether or not the data actually support that conclusion,commentators have conflated population culls by state wildlife agencies with hunting by individual citizens, inaccurately citing the article for evidence that hunting is bad for conservation. Worse, the current debate largely ignores the important connection between economic incentives and wildlife conservation. Read more here . . .
A must view film by director, Peter Byck, titled One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts, an inspiring story of Will Harris, owner of White Oak Pastures, in Bluffton Georgia, who shares his evolution from industrial to regenerative farmer. This is great stuff that has the potential to revolutionize farming here in the U.S., but it will require a culture change across consumers and producers.
Brian Yablonski will succeed Reed Watson as the Executive Director of the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC), the libertarian environmental think tank based on beautiful Bozeman, Montana. This is a bitter sweet development for the PERC family as Watson, who has been with PERC since 2008, has accepted a faculty position at Clemson University. ConserveFewell extends its best wishes to Reed and Brian in their new roles.PERC Announcement PERC’s Board of Directors announced today that it voted unanimously to select Brian Yablonski to be the new Executive Director effective January 2018. Brian will replace Reed Watson, who is leaving to accept a position at Clemson University, his alma mater. Brian has served on PERC’s Board since 2013 and as a member read more
Very proud of Benji Backer and his college friends who are storming the land and Washington DC to persuade the Grand Ole Party that environmental issues matter, and that the GOP must begin dealing. The GOP must reengage on the environment to offer conservative solutions to our environmental problems. This week, CNBC's Javier David ran the following article on this millenial movement. You can learn more about this movement and those behind it by visiting the website of the American Conservation Coalition. College Republican group ACC takes up Roosevelt's environment mantle and hopes the GOP will followThe American Conservative Coalition is a group of young GOP campus activists that advocates pro-market clean-energy policies. "Clean energy is an issue that brings read more
Environmental Justice (EJ) is back in the news this week as Democratic members of Congress introduce legislation that would codify President Clinton's Executive Order 12898 and establish requirements for federal agencies to address environmental justice.While EJ has become a talisman and rallying cry for many liberals and social justice activists, for many on the political right it represents everything that's wrong with the EPA and the anticapitalist socialism polluting American culture today. So what are conservatives to think about EJ? Why should conservatives care about the disparate impacts of environmental pollution on the poor and minority communities?Strip away all the political baggage, EJ is an issue that conservatives should care about, because it is a emblematic of both market and read more
Governor Hogan this week, under the leadership of Benjamin Grumbles, Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Environment, released draft regulations encouraging market-based solutions to accelerate the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. Significantly, the proposal would allow states to work together under an interstate trading provision to leverage greater opportunities to address interstate water pollution. If adopted, it would mark the first time a state has included an interstate trading component within its water protection regulations. According to Brent Fewell, Founder and Chair of the Earth & Water Law Group, “This represents a true watershed moment for the watermen and citizens of Maryland, and this proposal could serve as a significant catalyst to making meaningful progress toward cleaning up the Bay’s water read more
Next Roundtable:September 14, 8:30 a.m. – 9: 45, NWF, 1200 G St. NW Suite 900Collin O’Mara, CEO and President of the National Wildlife Federation, will discuss NWF’s top priorities and opportunities for advancing bipartisan conservation efforts during the current Administration.RSVP to Brent Fewell, email@example.comWho Are We?We are a group of conservatives who care about the environment – the Roundtable is a collegial forum of friends and colleagues who wish to change the tone and dialogue.What is Our Goal?To promote a conservative ethic and solutions to environmental problems. To connect thoughtful center-left and center-right leaders. To engage in robust, civil dialogue in a confidential forum, identifying common ground and building consensus on policy solutions. To establish and build relationships, read more
In the midst of a scorched-earth campaign by environmental groups against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the Administrator has been exonerated against charges that he violated the Agency's Scientific Integrity Policy.This week, Thomas Sinks, Director of the Science Advisor for the Scientific Integrity Review Panel, responded to Sierra Club's complaint. The Panel responded: In his response, the Administrator expressed his opinion regarding contributors to global warming and called for more debate, review, and analysis as a precursor to any future EPA policy decision on that matter. This expression of opinion, which was not made in a decisional context, is fully within the protections of EPA's Scientific Integrity Policy and does not violate that Policy. We also note that, in his remarks, read more
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