The nation’s public lands and waters have faced persistent challenges in recent years, as efforts to preserve and protect nature have run headlong into political pressure to defend destructive exploitation for profit.
The National Environmental Legacy Act (NELA) Flournoy and her co-authors propose would identify certain natural resources under federal ownership and control as important, and sometimes finite, environmental resources, and establish resource-specific limits on further depletion, so that future generations would be able to enjoy and use them. So, as the authors write, "recognizing biodiversity as an environmental asset, NELA would address the problem of alarming rates of species endangerment and extinction by seeking to protect species long before they become endangered or threatened, through efforts to protect ecosystems that account for all the factors in an ecosystem that affect species population."
Learn about CPR Member Scholars’ work to protect precious natural resources from destruction and misuse:
Adaptive Management. Read the April 2011 CPR White Paper Making Good Use of Adaptive Management, by CPR Member Scholars Holly Doremus, William L. Andreen, Alejandro Camacho, Daniel A. Farber, Robert L. Glicksman, Dale Goble, Bradley C. Karkkainen, Daniel Rohlf, A. Dan Tarlock, and Sandra B. Zellmer, and CPR Executive Director Shana Jones and Policy Analyst Yee Huang. Read the blog post.
Citizen Access to the Courts. Read "Shutting the Door on Environmental Debate," an op-ed by Member Scholar Robert W. Adler, published in the March 5, 2011 Salt Lake Tribune, on citizen access to the courts in oil and gas leasing disputes.
Public Lands Report. Read Squandering Public Resources (671 kb download), by Alyson Flournoy, Margaret Clune Giblin and Matt Shudtz's September 2007 report on the government's failed stewardship of public lands.