Natural landscapes, parks, and open space provide a range of benefits to society that have been documented and quantified in a variety of studies. These public goods are provided, for the most part, by government, and policymakers need information and analyses to determine how much to provide, what types of lands should be protected, and how to go about protecting them. In this report, we provide some of this information by summarizing trends in outdoor recreation resources supply over the past quarter century, assessing and reviewing a variety of measures of the demand for outdoor recreation, and describing the complex landscape of funding and financing for outdoor resources.
Our review follows in the footsteps of the Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commission (ORRRC), which published its highly influential report on the status of America’s outdoor resources in 1965; the 1983 Outdoor Resources Review Group; and the follow-on effort of the President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors (PCAO) in 1987. It also serves as a companion to the policy recommendations report of the 2009 Outdoor Resources Review Group.
Common Resources — May 26, 2016
Reflecting on America’s Great Outdoors: Persistent Challenges and Enduring Recommendations
As Memorial Day approaches and the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary draws near, I’ve been looking back at a pair of 2009 reports on Americ...
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.