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In the early 1950s, the then-new Resources for the Future convened the Mid-Century Conference, where more than 1,500 leaders could “exchange viewpoints on important resource issues that appear to be of continuing significance for at least the next generation.” While the priorities of the 21st century have evolved since then, “important resource issues” remain at the heart of RFF’s research agenda, including how to value and measure the benefits from nature and effectively manage forests, fisheries, water, agricultural resources, and even outer space in an interconnected world.
FEATURES
Managing Water through Innovative Collaboration
Resources magazine: RFF Visiting Scholar Lynn Scarlett explains how network governance can address cross-jurisdictional water management issues in the United States.
Using Transferable Development Rights to Control Land Use
RFF’s Margaret Walls describes the virtues, and the pitfalls, of market-based programs for land conservation and discusses the lessons learned from three decades of a Maryland program.
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PROJECTS
The Outdoor Resources Review Group
ORRG is a private bipartisan panel reviewing conservation, outdoor recreation and related issues in light of changes in the needs of the American public and the resources available to meet those needs.
The World's Forests
A research program led by RFF seeks to devise new ways to accurately gauge four critical attributes of global forests – area, timber volume, biomass, and carbon sequestration.
PUBLICATIONS
Book Review - Water policy reform: Lessons in sustainability from the Murray-Darling Basin
Yusuke Kuwayama
Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research | Vol. 5, No. 4 | pp. 273-274
 
Floodplain Conservation as a Flood Mitigation Strategy: Examining Costs and Benefits
Kousky, C. and M. Walls
Ecological Economics | 104 | pp. 119-128 | Related Discussion Paper 13-22-REV
 
Designing cost-efficient surveillance for early-detection and control of multiple invading species
R. Epanchin-Niell, E. Brockerhoff, J. Kean, and J. Turner
Ecological Applications | 2014
 
Blue Carbon: Coastal Ecosystems, Their Carbon Storage, and Potential for Reducing Emissions
Juha Siikamaki, James N. Sanchirico, Sunny Jardine, David McLaughlin, and Daniel Morris
Environment | November/December 2013
 
Finding Sensitivity to Scope in Nonmarket Valuation
Juha V. Siikamaki and Douglas M. Larson
Journal of Applied Econometrics | forthcoming
 
Dedicated Funds for Parks: Designing the Right Approach
Margaret Walls
Parks and Recreation magazine | March 2013
 
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