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The Economic Benefits of the National Parks and Park Programs

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Measuring Total Economic Value of the National Parks

Speaker: Linda Bilmes, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government

America's Summit on National Parks, January 25, 2012, Washington DC

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The Economic Benefits of the National Parks and Park Programs

  1. 1. Measuring Total Economic Value of the National Parks Professor Linda J. Bilmes, Harvard University Professor John Loomis, Colorado State University
  2. 2. $2.8 bn NPS Recreation budget Use Value benefits, environmental education; use value of drinking water from urban wetlands, etc Existence Value Benefit the current generation receives from knowing the NPS units, Passive wildlife, scenic wonder, historical, cultural features, programs provided Use Value Bequest ValueBenefit the current generation receives from knowing that through preservationtoday, these NPS units and programs will be available to future generations
  3. 3. Proposed Methodology National Survey of Representative US Households to estimate TEV of NPS units and programsComprehensive Case Studies of Literature Specific NPS units Survey and programs Estimate of TEV of NPS units and program

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