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Paying People To Use Land Wisely

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Conservation easements and land donations are pretty common here... people who own land volunteer to give it up, or some uses of it, for the good of the environment. 

There's another approach, payments for environmental services (PES), which are controversial.  Do we have to pay people to do the right thing? 

Recent research involving Oregon State University indicates PES does provide some benefits to land and people and the communities they share.  The research focused on Mexico.  OSU's Jennifer Alix-Garcia visits with details.  
 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for over 35 years, working in both television and radio.
John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of "the split" when JPR grew from a single program stream to three separate streams. We coaxed him out of retirement and he's now a co-producer of the Jefferson Exchange.