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Public Campgrounds: Are They Profitable?

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A detailed cost analysis on 111 USDA Forest Service (Region 6) campgrounds in the Pacific Northwest indicated that managing the average campground costs from $0.28 to $3.01 per recreation visitor-day (RVD), the amount depending on level of development. Revenue per RVD ranged from 0 to $0.27. Campers are currently being subsidized $12 million in taxes annually in this region alone--from $2.07 to $22.27 for an average family (3.7 people) per 24 hours. Cost implications of four possible management goals reflecting varying levels of subsidization (from 0 to total) are examined.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor, Department of Resource Recreation Management, School of Forestry, Oregon State University, Corvallis

Publication date: August 1, 1980

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

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