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- 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 […]
- 2nd Annual Park PPP National ConferenceWe will be holding our national conference on November 7 in Reno, Nevada. We have an amazing slate of speakers and a great program for agencies looking to understand the public-private partnership model for keeping parks open. All the details, speakers, and agenda are at ParkConference.com. […]
- Essay Response: Should National Parks Be PrivatizedI was asked to write a 400-word essay for an outdoor magazine on “should national parks be privatized”. Here my response. By the way, I put the stuff about myself and my company in under duress. It was not in the original draft and he wanted something personal. Should National Park’s be privatized, in the [...] […]