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Public and Private Lands

Research at RFF on the way land is used and managed spans natural, rural, and urban settings, including analysis of innovative policies to limit urban sprawl, the cost and effectiveness of natural infrastructure, and the costs and benefits of recreational land use, among other topics.

Reforms to Oil and Gas Production on Federal Land

An examination of three proposed policies to reform the federal oil and gas leasing program: increased royalty rates, carbon adders, and a ban on new leases on federal lands.

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Public Land Conflicts and Controversies

Peer-reviewed research describes the history and purpose of Western public lands, with an emphasis on the relationship—and controversies—between rural communities and the federal government in an economic context.

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