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Title: A public utility model for managing public land recreation enterprises.

Author: Quinn, Tom.;

Date: 2002

Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-543. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 22 p

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

Description: Through review of relevant economic principles and judicial precedent, a case is made that public-land recreation enterprises are analogous to traditionally recognized public utilities. Given the historical concern over the societal value of recreation and associated pricing issues, public-land management policies failing to acknowledge these utility-like characteristics and a subsequent agency regulatory responsibility are shown to be deficient. Existing institutional barriers, however, sometimes limit the options available to agency managers. Eight strategies for performance enhancement are offered.

Keywords: Keywords: Public land, recreation, concessioner, public utilities, government regulation, National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, monopolies, public goods

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Quinn, Tom. 2002. A public utility model for managing public land recreation enterprises. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-543. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 22 p

 


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