The Economics of Public Lands and Protected Areas

Presentations are Wednesdays at 6pm at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale, CO, and Thursdays at 6pm at ACES at Hallam Lake, in Aspen, CO.

About the Presentation

Public lands have historically operated under multiple-use mandates ranging from mining to grazing to recreation to conservation. The multiple uses of public lands have various economic ramifications and distributional effects for adjacent communities and for the public. In this presentation, join Evan Hjerpe as he shows how economic activities on public lands affect regional economies, summarizes recent research conducted on the economic influence of protected areas, and illustrates economic transitions occurring in and near public lands.

About the Speaker

Evan Hjerpe is the founder and Director of the Conservation Economics Institute (CEI), a non-profit research organization. He holds a Ph.D. in forest economics and management from Northern Arizona University, where he also was a visiting assistant professor. His expertise includes conservation benefits, regional economics, public lands policy, and recreation economics. Evan has consulted for private businesses, non-profit organizations, federal agencies, and universities and has authored numerous journal articles and technical reports.

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*Registration for Wednesday night’s lecture in Carbondale can be found at

With questions or comments about this program, please contact Phebe Meyers, ACES Community Programs Director, at or call 970.925.5756.

Photo credit: Bureau of Land Management via Flickr.

The Economics of Public Lands and Protected Areas



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March 7, 2024 from 6–7pm




Carbondale, Hallam Lake