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Ken Cousins

A Model for Measuring the Benefits of State Parks for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

A Model for Measuring the Benefits of State Parks for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

Few public land managers use strategic tools to plan investments and ensure optimal decisions. Washington State Parks, recognizing the power of being strategic rather than opportunistic in decision making, engaged Earth Economics to create a tool that quantifies the social, environmental, and economic benefits of each state park in Washington State. The tool also lays a foundation for predicting hot spots for future acquisitions.