Financing Outdoor Recreation: An Introduction

H. Spencer Banzhaf


The increased use of our public lands raises the question of how to finance them. General revenues, gate fees, and gear taxes are leading candidates, and each has characteristic strengths and weakness. Addressing these issues requires combining public finance and environmental economics as well as historical and institutional knowledge of how public lands are actually managed. The articles in this special issue of Land Economics creatively combine these forms of expertise to address the financing of public lands.