Holly Fretwell

Director of outreach and a research fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC). For two decades, her research has focused on public lands policy and property rights. As an outdoor enthusiast, Fretwell strives to enhance conservation through cooperation and entrepreneurship.

Holly Fretwell is director of outreach and a research fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC). For two decades, her research has focused on public lands policy and property rights. As an outdoor enthusiast, Fretwell strives to enhance conservation through cooperation and entrepreneurship. 

Fretwell is author of Who is Minding the Federal Estate? Political Management of America’s Public Lands. She has provided congressional testimony on the state of U.S. national parks and the future of the Forest Service and has presented papers promoting the use of markets in public land management.

An educator at heart, Fretwell taught economics at Montana State University for 15 years, works with the Foundation for Teaching Economics, and has coauthored a curriculum for high school teachers on economic principles. Fretwell holds a B.A. in political science and an M.S.  in resource economics from Montana State University.