By Ian Nemelka While I was working for the United States Senate, I once found myself speaking to a woman from Helper, Utah regarding multiple use on public lands. She, a member of a local [...]
The Hill - Strata’s Ryan Yonk remembers the beautiful scenery around his family’s home...
Herald Journal - A Logan-based public policy research firm has been approved by the Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands to help lawmakers strategize about the controversial effort to [...]
Recent bankruptcies in the coal industry have stoked concerns regarding the efficacy of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA). We review the history of SMCRA through a [...]
Inside Sources - The presidential election has renewed the debate over conservation versus development on federal public lands. Hillary Clinton has been campaigning on a platform of [...]
Renewable energy comes at a cost, and too often that cost is born mainly by local governments whose resources are used to facilitate the development. Roads need additional maintenance, water [...]
The 1906 Antiquities Act made it possible for the President to designate an area a national monument, thus limiting the activities that are allowed within the monument. The act was born out of a [...]
The purpose of this report is to develop a metric for comparing costs across land administration entities with land management responsibilities within the State of Utah. For lands to be [...]
This study explores the economic impacts of legal and political interventions taken by WildEarth Guardians (WEG), an environmental group that specializes in bringing environmental lawsuits [...]
Photo shows feral horses dead from starvation at a stock pond in Gray Mountain. (Photo: Navajo Nation) By Ian Nemelka The common perception of “wild” horses is actually wildly inaccurate. [...]
The federal government protects species on the brink of extinction through the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The law’s goal is to allow these species to recover so that federal protection is no [...]
The impact of environmental policy devolution on environmental quality: The case of the Reagan administration
This paper examines evidence from the literature on the devolution of environmental oversight to the states that occurred during the Reagan administration. This evidence suggests that devolving [...]
Inside Sources - While the Antiquities Act may have been important for preserving some Native American artifacts, recent monument designations have allowed presidents to affect the access to and [...]
Op-eds written by Strata associates.
Inside Sources - U.S. Department of Interior wants to ban mining on 10 million acres of federal lands in order to protect the habitat of the greater sage grouse. That proposal, if implemented, [...]