This article dealt with the setting of user fees in wilderness areas and the way in which to set those fees fairly excluding users. This study was performed by surveying users of the Desolation wilderness Area in California. The researchers surveyed by mail day users in order to determine the o
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ptimum level of fee that they would pay. The main problem that researchers discovered is that users are reluctant to pay user fees since they are already paying for these resources through taxation. (see Public Good) The authors discovered how much users would be willing to pay and what users felt was appropriate to pay. They used contingent valuation methods to determine these two fee levels. In this survey the authors used a range of fees of $1 to $5 to determine the most economically feasible fee for the wilderness area. finding that if the fee was raised to $5 that they would see a significant drop in users whereas when the fee was set in a median range users would increase and essentially increase the revenue for the wilderness area significantly.


Richer, J., & Christensen, N. A. (1999). Appropriate Fees for Wilderness Day Use: Pricing Decisions for Recreation on Public Land. Journal of Leisure Research, 31(3), 269. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.