Land in its natural state has economic value. Recreation on our public lands continues to grow as an economic driver nationwide and in many places has replaced or significantly supplemented revenue from resource extraction. However, public land management policies, regulation, and legislation have not kept pace with this change and are inadequate to protect today’s recreation economy.
In the history of public land management, resource extraction has been managed with the assumption that all Americans need and value the oil, gas, coal, timber, and other resources taken from the land. Therefore, resource extraction generally dominates other land management objectives. While a variety of conservation measures have led to the protection of certain places we value in their natural state, such as National Parks and Wilderness Areas, these protected places are relatively small, often quite remote, and do not encompass the vast majority of recreation assets drive local economies across the country.
There is a growing need to protect and enhance critical recreation assets on our public lands in the following ways:
Public Land Solutions (PLS) is positioned to overcome these challenges by: