The Private Lands Opportunity: The Case for Conservation Incentives
By: Michael Bean, Robert Bonnie, Tim Male, Tim Searchinger
Given the right incentives, private landowners can play a pivotal role in achieving many of the nation's conservation goals. Recovering rare species, restoring degraded habitats, and improving the quality of water in our rivers and streams are just a few of the goals that are clearly within our reach if we enlist the nation's private landowners as partners in the task. Those are the core beliefs that prompted the creation of a new Center for Conservation Incentives at Environmental Defense. Those are also the beliefs that prompted the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to catalyze the creation of that Center with a generous five-year grant.
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