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Who Is Minding The Federal Estate?

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Sewage seeping into creeks, crumbling cabins and disintegrating roads, dilapidated visitor centers, catastrophic wildfires: these are some of the sights awaiting visitors to federal lands today. Federal agencies in charge of the public domain call for more support in the form of taxpayer dollars while constantly seeking to add to their holdings; environmental groups call for increased restrictions on land use and resource development; private citizens call for a return to the good old days of crisply tended, ...
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Who Is Minding the Federal Estate?: Political Management of America's Public Lands

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Overview

Sewage seeping into creeks, crumbling cabins and disintegrating roads, dilapidated visitor centers, catastrophic wildfires: these are some of the sights awaiting visitors to federal lands today. Federal agencies in charge of the public domain call for more support in the form of taxpayer dollars while constantly seeking to add to their holdings; environmental groups call for increased restrictions on land use and resource development; private citizens call for a return to the good old days of crisply tended, crime-free, and unspoiled national parks. All, it seems, overlook the sad fact that the existing federal estate is in terrible shape, badly maintained and managed, with no immediate hope for improvement. Will more money, more restrictions, and more regulations address the problems that plague America's public domain? No: Rather, real improvement requires reform of the managing institutions.
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January 2010 CHOICE
Recommended.
Robert H. Nelson
If any area of government is in great need of 'change' today, it is public land management. It is failing economically and environmentally. Holly Fretwell offers here a valuable diagnosis of public land problems and a set of possible solutions that should be required reading for the Obama administration.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739131015
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Holly Lippke Fretwell is fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center. She is also adjunct instructor in the department of agriculture economics and economics at Montana State University.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. History of American Public Lands Chapter 2. Federal Agencies Lose Money Chapter 3. Stewardship Problems Chapter 4. Is No Use Good Use? Chapter 5. How Much is Enough? Chapter 6. Understanding Incentives Chapter 7. Prescriptions for Reform
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