Economic Policy Lecture Series 5

"Moving Beyond conflict: Private Stewardship and Conservation Partnership"

Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Lynn Scarlett

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An Economic Policy Lecture was given on Wednesday, October 29, by Assistant Secretary of the Interior Ms. Lynn Scarlett. She was speaking on “Moving Beyond Conflict: Private Stewardship and Conservation Partnerships."

Lynn Scarlett said the United States had major problems in the 1970s that led to more government involvement in the environment. But now that some of the larger problems have been solved, she said, the nation needs to move forward with local partnerships, conservation and stewardship. “We have got to figure out a way to work in partnership,” Scarlett said. “We can’t do that all ourselves.”
According to Lynn Scarlett, the nation faces three challenges. The country needs to:

  • Develop better measurements of environmental success. The nation needs better definitions of what a healthy forest or groundwater means.
  • Bring back the art of conservation instead of conflict. Efforts to remove dense brush from forests have been hampered by lawsuits, for example, she said.
  • Develop new methods of governance that reward innovation and environmentally beneficial behavior rather than focusing on punishment.

Prior to joining the Bush Administration in July 2001, Lynn Scarlett was President of the Los Angeles-based Reason Foundation, a nonprofit current affairs research and communications organization. For 15 years, she directed Reason Public Policy Institute, the policy research division of the Foundation. Ms. Scarlett received her B.A. and M.A. in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also completed her Ph.D. coursework and exams in political science and political economy.

Excerpted from Shane Anthony. "Environmental Solutions now lie in Local Partnering, Interior Official says," Post-Dispatch, October 31, 2003

President Spellmann, Assistant Interior Secretary Scarlett and Dr. Chilton meet in the President's office.


Lewis and Clark Fife and Drum Corps open the Lynn Scarlett Lecture.