Holly Fretwell

Property and Environment Research Center


Holly, a research fellow at PERC and environmental entrepreneur, brings over two decades of experience in examining public lands policy, property rights, and markets. Her commitment to conservation is driven by a passion for the outdoors. Author of “Who is Minding the Federal Estate: Political Management of America’s Public Lands,” she advocates for conservation through collaboration and entrepreneurship. Holly actively supports the use of market-based approaches for conservation and has presented Congressional testimony on matters concerning U.S. national parks and the future of the Forest Service.

Holly is a seasoned educator. She taught economics at Montana State University for 15 years and has collaborated with the Foundation for Teaching Economics and Montana Council on Economic Education assisting high school teachers by providing them with effective tools to inspire economic thinking. She has authored and co-authored multiple curriculum materials focused on economic principles designed for educators.

Holly’s academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in resource economics, both obtained from Montana State University.


Publications by Holly Fretwell