Pay to Play

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Is it time for recreationists to pay to play on public lands?

Outdoor recreation continues to grow as new forms of recreation emerge and more people take to our public lands for outdoor pursuits. Mountain bikers require trails, kayakers require river access, and wildlife viewers require wildlife habitat. In order to provide these recreational opportunities and manage our public landscapes, federal agencies like the National Park Service and Forest Service have to clamor for more money in front of Congress - often unsuccessfully - rather than rely directly on public land users for funding. It's time for recreationists to step up and help provide the funding for the well-maintained trails, well-managed forests and rivers, and search and rescue services that they have come to expect.

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Holly Fretwell is a Research Fellow at PERC and an adjunct instructor at Montana State University where she has taught  introductory economics, macroeconomics, natural resources and environmental economics. She works with the Foundation for Teaching Economics, giving workshops for  high school teachers to improve their skills in teaching and using...
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Hannah Downey is the policy and partnerships coordinator and a research fellow at PERC, helping to move projects along from conception to completion. After being introduced to PERC her freshman year of college, she pursued the ideas of free market environmentalism and became a research assistant as a senior. She graduated from Montana State...
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Whitney Tilt is a principal of Conservation BenchMarks, a consultant on natural resource conservation, and a partner in High Country Apps LLC, developing interacitve field guides for smart phones and tablets. 
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