Financing Outdoor Recreation: An Introduction

H. Spencer Banzhaf


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