Saturday, October 29, 2016

Military Readiness and Environmental Protection through Cost-effective Land Conservation

Harboring a high density of threatened and endangered species on its bases leaves the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) with a critical responsibility: establishing sound environmental policies while also continuing training and ensuring military readiness. This dual objective is the goal of the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program, a large conservation fund for military installations that is mandated to be cost-effective. Analyzing a unique DoD data set, we show that use of optimization models generates a 21% increase in military readiness and environmental protection or achieves the same benefits as benefit targeting at a cost saving of 37%. (JEL Q57, Q58)
Chris Potin, of Hattiesburg, Miss., finds a gopher tortoise that will be tagged as an endangered species, a way of preserving the natural and cultural resources that are used in assisting the military at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center on Aug. 5, 2015. The environmental office staff at Camp Shelby works hard to ensure that all environmental requirements are being met and that the installation stays in compliance with permits. Mississippi National Guard photo by Sgt. DeUndra Brown, 102nd Public Affairs Detachment

by Kent D. Messer, Maik Kecinski, Zhou Liu, Mary A. Korch, and Thomas Bounds
Land Economics via the University of Wisconsin System
Volume 92, Number 3; August 1, 2016; Pages 433-449

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