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.
Supply-Side Reforms to Oil and Gas Production on Federal Lands: Modeling the Implications for CO2 Emissions, Federal Revenues, and Leakage
This journal article models the effects of three policy reforms targeting federal oil and gas production, highlighting the trade-offs between revenue maximization and emissions reduction for each policy.
Public Land Conflicts and Controversies: The Designation of National Monuments in the Western United States
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.
Brian C. Prest
Fellow; Director, Social Cost of Carbon Initiative
Brian Prest is an economist and fellow at Resources for the Future specializing in climate change, oil and gas, and energy economics.
Margaret A. Walls
Margaret Walls is a senior fellow at RFF. Her current research focuses on issues related to resilience and adaptation to extreme events, ecosystem services, and conservation, parks and public lands.
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