Press Release

RFF Posts First Blog in New Series on Sage Grouse Conservation

Mar 8, 2016

WASHINGTON—Resources for the Future has begun a new blog series—Private Incentives and the Public Good: Conservation of Sage Grouse and the Sagebrush Ecosystem.

The new series will explore economic issues related to connections across private conservation efforts, public lands, sage grouse and the sagebrush ecosystem, and the US Endangered Species Act.

The authors of the new series are Rebecca Epanchin-Niell, an RFF fellow; economics professor Kimberly Rollins of the University of Nevada; and assistant research professor of economics Michael H. Taylor, also from the University of Nevada.

The first post in the series is, Greater Sage Grouse Conservation: Pre-listing Programs as a Repeated Game.  In it, the authors explore the role of pre-listing conservation programs in the decision not to list the greater sage grouse under the US Endangered Species Act and how that decision could alter landowners’ incentives to participate in these voluntary programs.

Future posts in this series will examine how policies on public lands might affect private land conservation, due to the integration of ranch operations across land boundaries, and will look at how land easements and new mitigation credit policies under the Endangered Species Act may affect conservation of sage grouse and sagebrush ecosystems.

Read the full first post: Greater Sage Grouse Conservation: Pre-listing Programs as a Repeated Game.

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