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Will Parks Receive Full Maintenance Funding From GAOA?

Former park ranger housing in Yellowstone National Park, an example of deferred maintenance. This article was originally published in National Parks Traveler. Last month, the Interior Department made an announcement that could have implications for those of us who love parks: In 2020, federal energy disbursements fell by about $3.5 billion, a plunge of 31 percent compared […]

Published on: January 8, 2021

Why Don’t Environmentalists Just Buy What They Want to Protect?

[…] bidders were allowed, would they prevent agencies from properly managing natural resources? Those questions are at the forefront of several debates playing out in my backyard near Yellowstone National Park. In one recent case, a proposed timber sale on state trust lands in the Gallatin Valley near Bozeman, Montana, sparked organized opposition from a […]

Published on: December 16, 2020

The Future of the Great American Outdoors

[…] Act will provide dedicated funding for overdue maintenance but will not support operational needs. With public land visitation showing no sign of decline—even amidst the coronavirus pandemic Yellowstone National Park recently had its busiest September and October on record—fee revenues look to be a reliable source of funding for many federal sites in the […]

Published on: December 16, 2020

Markets Are Agnostic

[…] like a human caddisfly hatch all matted together.   Then there is the story of three men who were caught in August boiling chickens—of all things—in one of Yellowstone’s thermal hot spring features. It seemed the perfect metaphor for the “Summer of Yellowstone.” Even without the annual influx of international tourists, the park set several […]

Published on: December 16, 2020

The Secret to Conserving Our Crown Jewels? Maintenance

[…] of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park This article was originally published in The Hill. “For too long, our national jewels have been neglected,” then-Vice President Joe Biden said while visiting Yellowstone National Park in 2010. “We’re beginning to polish, once again, these national jewels,” he added, in reference to a $750 million stimulus package from the Obama […]

Published on: November 25, 2020

Enhancing the Public Lands Recreation Fee System

[…] of recreating on public lands, features missing from the previous approach. An impetus for the current fee model was the 1990s closure of a popular campground in Yellowstone National Park that brought in more than enough fee revenue to cover its operating costs; however, the park did not retain the money it generated. All […]

Published on: November 18, 2020

The Gray Wolf Leads the Way for Other Endangered Species

[…] concerns and, thereby, mitigate the perverse incentives that have frustrated the recovery of other species.  In 1995 and 1996, the National Park Service introduced 31 wolves into Yellowstone National Park, where wolves had been absent since 1926. Today, more than 500 wolves reside on public and private lands throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Based […]

Published on: November 9, 2020

Addressing Brucellosis Will Help Ranchers and Wildlife

[…] change brings potential to reduce the conflict between humans and wildlife.  Elk rely on the generosity of private landowners as they move along their migration corridors, leaving Yellowstone National Park for the open, agricultural fields of Paradise Valley in search of winter forage. Yet the presence of elk is a disease risk for ranchers, […]

Published on: November 2, 2020