Although it is impossible to trace all of the origins of one's efforts in putting together a book of this nature, I wish in particular to acknowledge the following contributions. The many hours spent discussing natural resources policy with Robert K. Davis, Robert H. Nelson, and Herbert H. Fullerton of the Office of Policy Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Interior were instrumental in developing my interest in the subject. Ideas on voluntary market transfers of water were further expanded through many meetings and conversations with Norman H. Starler and Kenneth G. Maxey of the Bureau of Reclamation, James J. Flannery of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Land and Water Resources, and Richard R. Greenfield and Frank H. Osterhoudt of the Office of Policy Analysis.
Kenneth D. Frederick, director of the former Renewable Resources Division at Resources for the Future (RFF), encouraged me to produce a book manuscript on the subject. Richard L. Stroup, who was then director of the Office of Policy Analysis (on leave from Montana State University), also supported this idea. The National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy at RFF and its first director, Kenneth R. Farrell, made it possible for me to initiate this undertaking through the center's fellowship program, which was funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. The Office of Policy Analysis granted me leave from the Department of the Interior to participate in the program. Special appreciation is also due Kenneth Frederick and John F. Ahearne, former vice president of RFF, for providing encouragement and assistance to continue the work under the auspices of RFF.