Monday, February 12, 2007

Who is the Property Environmental and Research Center and why do they hate us?







A recent overview in the NYTimes focusing on the Little Juanita/Spring Ridge Club ruling drew the attention of the Kollecktive when writer Debrah Wiesberg quoted Terry L. Anderson. Anderson is executive director of the Property Environmental and Research Center in Montana, a pioneer of "enviropreneurship", which treats open space as a free-market commodity. Anderson says he believes sportsmen should not expect to use fisheries and hunting grounds for free.

“The man who plays golf, the man who skis wouldn’t think of getting on a course or a run without paying,” Anderson said in a telephone interview. “The same fees should be thought of with hunting and fishing.”

Privatization leads to better stewardship of resources, he said.

“No one washes a rental car,” Anderson said. “Opening streams to public access creates a tragedy of the commons. Everyone races to get it before someone else does. You have overfishing or overcrowding or both.”

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is wrong, but so is the opposite far left wing version, which is that the goverment should block your access to keep it pristine. Yeah its so hip to be a left wing douche bag until PETA lobbies fly fishing away.

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Smithhammmer said...

“The man who plays golf, the man who skis wouldn’t think of getting on a course or a run without paying,” Anderson said in a telephone interview. “The same fees should be thought of with hunting and fishing.”

Absolutely assinine analogy reeking of douchebagitude. There are no valid parallels between golf, and the need for 18 holes of manicured green and cart paths, etc. to pursue the sport, and fishing which merely requires (articficially managed, put and take aside), healthy streams and naturally sustaining fish populations.

And there are plenty of places one can ski for free. It's called backcountry, and thousands of people do it on public lands, for free, all the time. And just like backcountry fly fishing, it should be free because no one who pursues those activities is asking for additional infrastructure in order to do them.

WTF are public lands for if every recreational pursiut on them requires additional fees?

11:36 AM  
Blogger Murdock said...

Wasn't it Thomas Jefferson who caught flack for letting the "common people" into the White House? It seems only the rich can use a place without trashing it! Better get rich quick!

8:00 AM  
Anonymous Smithhammer said...

Yeah, the "trajedy of the commons," as opposed to the sterling record of "self-less stewarship for the greater good" provided by the aristocracy.

The rest of us are only here to slave away our time to provide the means by which the upper classes can afford to have the leisure time for recreation.

Viva la revolucion, baby.

9:08 AM  
Anonymous nllaeder said...

I lived in Europe for two years, where this kind of stewarship [sic] is common.

It doesn't work there, and it won't work here.

smithammer said it right. douchbagitude.

Nick

2:07 PM  

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