Utah State University
In recent years, state governments in the contiguous western U.S. (Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming) have been increasing investment in outdoor recreation to ensure continued and expanded access to outdoor recreation opportunities and to enhance the outdoor recreation economy in their respective states. This report provides an inventory and comparison of how states across the Western U.S. fund, manage, and support outdoor recreation. Based on our findings, we provide recommendations tailored to state legislatures and state government entities regarding how outdoor recreation management may be improved and how additional funding could be generated to support outdoor recreation opportunities.
Trout, Casey and Smith, Jordan W., "Outdoor Recreation Across the Western United States: A Comparative Analysis Focused on State Agencies, Policies, Programs, and Resources" (2023). Environment and Society Faculty Publications. Paper 1651.