Environmental Politics

Environews: Oops! Pro land-seizure report uses phony data

Supposedly, one reason to transfer federal lands to state ownership is that states could manage the land “better.” But data used to prove this point in a recent report issued by two conservative think-tanks has been proven false.

Access Divided: State and Federal Recreation Management in the West, issued by the Sutherland Institute and the Property & Environmental Rights Research Center (PERC) exaggerated Utah State Park visitation by tens of millions. Worse, the report claimed parks are “better” if they collect higher fees and cater to whichever recreation group is willing to pay the most.

PERC is a think tank that advocates property rights and free-markets. Clearly their definition of “better” doesn’t include conservation.