A Note on Impacts of Adjacent Land Use on Blue Ridge Parkway Operating Costs

Stephen A. Galea
W. David Klemperer
Gregory J. Buhyoff

DOI: 10.2190/PUDC-W2AT-M7CK-79BB


The National Park Service has long been interested in effects of adjacent land uses upon costs of operating national parks. Although studies have described such effects, little work has been done to quantify them [1-4]. Objectives of this study were to determine how factors internal and external to the Blue Ridge Parkway affect the cost per visit and total cost of operating the Parkway. Parkway administrators were seeking information which could be useful in budgeting and land use planning. Only costs of administration and maintenance were considered, not construction or non-market costs such as scenic damage or congestion.

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