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- PERC on Private Operation of Public ParksMy article on private operation of public parks has been published by PERC and is now up at their web site. It’s called “A Tale of Two Parks” and compares the costs of private and public operation, among a number of other issues. […]
- Government Shutdown and Privately Operated Federal ParksThe government shutdown in October was an interesting chapter in the business of private operation of public parks. For years I have said that one of the advantages of private operation of public parks is that these parks are sheltered from budget shenanigans. If the park is operating with no public money, they can’t be [...] […]
- Rethinking California ParksThe Little Hoover Commission, a sort of internal consulting arm attached to the California legislature, has released a report called “Beyond Crisis: Recapturing Excellence in California’s State Park System“. I am still skimming the report. Certainly private partnerships play a role in the recommendations, but they appear to be the more tepid “private partne […]
- Using Private Operators To Short-Circuit the SequesterDerrick Crandall has an article recently on ways the NPS can survive the sequester. Here is a key bit: Second, there are roles and functions that could and should be reviewed and could be transferable to private sector operations. For example, NPS directly operates most of its campgrounds while a sister federal agency, the Forest [...] […]
- Huff Post Live Discusses National Parks and PrivatizationI was on Huffington Post Live the other day in a panel discussion on privatizing National Parks. The link to the video and comments is here. None of the panelists, including me, advocated for privatizing National Parks. The whole point of public lands, as I have written on this site before, is to change the decision-making [...] […]
- Parks 2.0A relatively new group called the Conservation Leadership Council kicked off their tenure by sponsoring six articles on the future of environment and land management. One of those size initiatives was called Parks 2.0: Operating State Parks Through Public-Private Partnerships. I won’t be coy — the authors interviewed me several times and I helped them find […]