Robert Nelson, Shawn Regan, Reed Watson
What it is, how it works, and why it needs to be reformed
The maintenance backlog is $12 billion—and it shows. Here's how to start afresh.
Hannah Downey, Holly Fretwell, Shawn Regan
Outdoor recreation is a way of life in the western United States. Our newest Public Lands Report examines various approaches to recreation taken by public land agencies across the West and explores the ability of these different agencies to resolve competing recreational demands.
Terry Anderson, Shawn Regan
Should the federal government create a new national park in the North Woods of Maine? Or could Elliotsville Plantation Inc. experiment with a park franchise model, negotiating a management plan with the National Park Service?
The LWCF reauthorization presents an opportunity to address many of the critical needs on existing federal lands and prevent further increases in the government's deferred maintenance backlog.
Park visitors can play an important role in funding our parks.
As the National Park Service turns 100, creative solutions and responsible policies are needed. This issue of PERC Reports is devoted to exploring some of those ideas.
The National Park Service already faces financial struggles, but Congress has just created seven new parks with no additional funding. Writing for The Hill, Shawn Regan explores how that impacts park managers.
A former backcountry ranger, PERC research fellow Shawn Regan weighs in on the national parks' proposed entrance fee hikes. Fee revenues help parks address critical needs without relying on Congress for appropriations.
Despite an $11.5 billion backlog in deferred maintenance projects, Congress would rather acquire new lands than take care of existing national parks and federal lands.