Importance of Public Lands
Release of this letter to the president, signed by 100+ economists including 3 Nobel laureates, half located in the American West, seeks to inform public debate at this critical time. The very context of the Rockies is inextricably intertwined with the exploration and settling of the West; uses and management change, but what has been steadfast for many decades is the value of these public lands for recreation and tourism, a stimulus to attracting employers and employees, and diverse local and regional economies adjacent to public lands involved in mining, agriculture, forestry, water, mineral and energy production.
There can and should be a healthy debate about uses and management of public lands. The fundamental purpose of the Colorado College Rockies Project is clear from our motto:
Over 9 + years research by Rockies student researchers has shed light on a number of dimensions to our public lands and environment.
We encourage a vibrant but fact- and science-based discussion of complex uses and demands placed on public lands and believe that efforts such as this Letter to the President are consistent with our existence and mission. We welcome others to explore our findings and participate in this vital public debate.