People and Public Lands Essays

/ Series: People and Public Lands

What is the economic impact of America’s public lands and waters? How can we quantify how these remarkable resources contribute to our quality of life? And how are our valuation methods and public policies changing?

Headwaters-staff-Ray-RaskerRay Rasker, Ph.D.

Ray enjoys working with people in rural communities who are passionate about their place. He grew up in Mexico City in a Dutch household and came to the U.S. as a student. After obtaining B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Washington and Master’s in Agriculture from Colorado State University, he went on to study economics, earning a Ph.D. from the College of Forestry, Oregon State University. Ray has worked as a wildlife biologist and in the dairy industry. Ray’s multicultural background and diverse education and experiences allow him to appreciate many different viewpoints. He has written widely on rural development and the role of environmental quality in economic prosperity, and is well known in policy circles in the U.S. and Canada.

This collection of essays addresses questions related to the economic impact of America’s public lands.

Written by some of the most prominent and respected scholars of public lands, these essays represent the state of the knowledge of the economics of America’s vast natural resources. The authors were selected to submit essays because they have exhibited high research standards over the course of their careers and, in many cases, have generated data-driven analyses that have impacted public policy. They offer a wealth of insight based on decades of experience.

In June 2019, Headwaters Economics hosted a Forum in an effort to include more diverse perspectives in this body of work—including from more women, people of color, young people, and indigenous communities. The Forum brought together these essayists and new voices in the field. We hope to expand this collection of work and broaden our understanding of the role of public lands for all people.

Read the Essays in this Series

Federal Lands of the United States

Federal Lands of the United States.

Please cite essays in this collection as follows:
[Author]. 2019. [Essay Title]. Rasker, R., ed. People and Public Lands. Bozeman, MT: Headwaters Economics.