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Your Call: What is the economic value of a park?

Pinnacles National Park




On the August 6th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the way parks shape the towns that act as gateways to nature. Visitors to National Parks spent 1.5 billion dollars statewide on services surrounding the parks in 2013. How have the services parks provide changed over the years? What does it cost to stay at a National Park, and who has access to these areas? And how do the internal economics of a park work? It’s Your Call, with Hana Baba, and you.


Kari Cobb, Public Affairs Specialist at Yosemite National Park

Chris Mehl, Policy Director at Headwaters Economics

Alan Rowsome, Senior Director of Government Relations for Lands at the Wilderness Society
Web Resources

Yosemite Park

Headwaters Institute - West is Best: Protected Lands Promote Jobs and Higher Incomes

Pinnacles National Park bringing big business for some in Soledad

Pinnacles National Park brings in millions of dollars

Powell Tribute - How much for parks? Obama seeks $2.6 billion for national parks, but Congress may trim figure

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Panel wants overhaul of state park’s system

LA Times - California panel calls for full revamp of state parks funding, upkeep


NPCA - Legislation Would prevent $180 million Loss to National Parks

U.S. News - National Parks Lost Nearly Half-Billion During Government Shutdown

Blog - Wage Slaves in Our National Parks