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...
Media Highlight — Nov 16, 2022
Nature: "Smarter Ways with Water"
An article in Nature Magazine about our relationship with water quotes RFF Fellow Hannah Druckenmiller and cites her work on the economic value of wetlands.
Media Highlight — Jul 19, 2022
WyoFile: "Antiquities Act and the Wyoming-Sized Legal Loophole"
An opinion piece arguing in favor of creating new national monuments in Wyoming cites RFF research about the economic benefits of national monument designation.