State Parks Are in Danger of Becoming Victims of 2020
Backpacker Magazine includes insight from RFF Senior Fellow Margaret Walls on funding for state parks during the pandemic.
If [creating a dedicated nonprofit] isn't enough, Margaret Walls, an economist with Resources for the Future, worries that California may increase park fees to balance its accounts—a move which could keep lower-resourced communities out.
“It’s really important to keep parks accessible for people who don’t have much income,” Walls says. Instead of raising entry fees, she suggests upping prices for things like campsite and boat rentals, which don’t bar entry to low income visitors. In a normal year, California’s state parks would play host to about 75 million visitors, with rental and use fees making up around a quarter of its budget; If the state is able to funnel hikers and tourists into its functioning units (including, partially, Sugarloaf Ridge), that cash could go a long way.
Press Release — Aug 14, 2023
Western US Wildfire Smoke Costs $2.3 Billion per Year in Health Impacts and Lost Enjoyment
A new working paper, published by scholars at RFF and the University of Alaska Anchorage, finds that camping trips to public lands are worth $107 less on average if they are affected by wildfire smoke.
Common Resources — Aug 2, 2023
Evaluating Perceptions and Outcomes of Supplemental Environmental Projects
Recent research finds that voluntary public works projects that mitigate the penalties applied for violations of environmental law are favored by the public and provide benefits to violating firms, but primarily appear in high-income, white communities.
Media Highlight — Jul 28, 2023
National Parks Traveler: "National Park System Expansion is Key to Biodiversity Protection"
RFF Senior Fellows Margaret Walls and Rebecca Epanchin-Niell are referenced in this article about the importance of natural landscapes for species conservation.