Volume 34, No.1, Summer 2015

From the Editor

Shawn Regan
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.

Featured Articles

Alaska Range by Seattle artist J. Craig Thorpe. Alaska Railroad connects Anchorage and Denali.
Alfred Runte
Revisiting the consensus for national parks.
National Park Service entry sign photo courtesy of River North Photography
Kurt Repanshek
Is outsourcing parks a key to solving the National Park Service's financial problems?
bison photo courtesy of Neal Herbert and the National Park Service
Brian Yablonski
Capturing the economic value of wildlife—for the benefit of wildlife.
Isle Royale wolf inspects moose carcass, photo courtesy of Dr. Rolf Peterson
Kurt Repanshek
The park's wolf woes spur bigger questions of managing wilderness.
Leonard Gilroy
Can public-private partnerships tackle the park maintenance backlog?
Shawn Regan
Park visitors can play an important role in funding our parks.


Yellowstone's North Gate
Rocky Barker
Free market ideas can continue to make "America's best idea" even better.
White Cloud Campground, Tahoe National Forest, U.S. Forest Service
Warren Meyer
Why the federal government is reluctant to outsource park operations.


Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park. Photo courtesy of faungg's photos.
Reed Watson
...the first thing to do is stop digging.
South Rim of Grand Canyons National Par. Photo courtesy of M. Quinn and the National Park Service.
Terry Anderson
We should do more than celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. We should ask serious questions about how to improve our national parks.

FME in Action

Wendy Purnell
Nonprofit group works to restore and conserve grasslands biodiversity.
Wendy Purnell
Turtle poachers become turtle protectors in Nicaragua.