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Holly Lippke Fretwell

Senior Fellow, Property and Environment Research Center; Adjunct Professor of Economics, Montana State University


Holly Fretwell is the Outreach Director and a Research Fellow at PERC. Her research focuses on enhancing conservation through market mechanisms. She is the author of the book “Who is Minding the Federal Estate: Political Management of America’s Public Lands.” She has presented papers promoting the use of markets in public land management and has provided Congressional testimony on the state of U.S. national parks and the future of the Forest Service. She has also published a children’s book on climate change, The Sky’s Not Falling: Why It’s OK to Chill About Global Warming (World Ahead Publishing 2007), that encourages parents, teachers, and kids to become critical thinkers. Fretwell was adjunct faculty at Montana State University for 15 years where she taught introductory economics, macroeconomics, natural resource and environmental economics. She works with the Foundation for Teaching Economics in both online and classroom environments providing high school teachers new tools to help develop economic thinkers. She has co-authored curriculum for high school teachers on economic principles and climate change issues. Fretwell holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in resource economics from Montana State University.