PERC CEO Brian Yablonski appears on C-SPAN Washington Journal to discuss the Great American Outdoors Act and what it means for the future of our public lands. With our public lands facing $20 billion in deferred maintenance projects, addressing the backlog is long overdue. While the act does commit permanent funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which largely means increased public land acquisition, the Great American Outdoors Act will also establish a dedicated fund to pay down our deferred maintenance backlog that is protected from congressional budget fights and cannot be raided for other uses. By turning our attention to the maintenance of our public lands, we can begin the process of ensuring our parks are properly cared for now and for future generations.
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Allowing such “nonuse rights” to public natural resources would enable markets to advance environmental goals, leading to more stable and less contentious outcomes.
By allowing for non-use rights, environmentalists can express their values in the marketplace, rather than relying on political, legal, or administrative processes.