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At The Intersection Of Economics And Conservation

Economics has a large role to play in conservation efforts according to two UVM professors.

The number of tigers on the planet has dropped from 100,000 to about 3,500 in the last 100 years. Atlantic Salmon, once so plentiful in the northeast, numbered just 1,200 in U.S. waters by 2006. Reversing these trends will be as much based in economics as conservation.

UVM Professors Brendan Fisher and Taylor Ricketts, authors of “A Field Guide to Economics for Conservationists,” say conservationists need a lesson in basic economics to do their work effectively. They discuss what conservationists can learn from economics, a field of study they actually term “real cool.”

Post your questions or comments about how economics affects conservation efforts here or email them to vermontedition@vpr.net.

Also on the program, the intrepid souls who are drawn to the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail each summer.  This year, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is concerned that a couple of high-profile movies will entice unprepared people into attempting thru-hikes on the AT. We talk with Kevin "Hawk" Metheny, New England Region director of the ATC, about how the organization is preparing for more hikers than usual this season.

Broadcast live on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.