Management of public lands often involves competing uses and difficult tradeoffs. Here we examine the implications of a direct federal land use conflict in Cape Hatteras National Seashore: off-road vehicle (ORV) access and endangered species protection. Results from a repeated discrete choice model of recreational angler behavior suggest that the economic costs of access restrictions are relatively modest, ranging from $403,000 to $2.07 million annually. Our results provide general support for the National Park Service’s recently implemented ORV management plan, as the upper bound of recreation losses is less than a conservative estimate of the benefits of protecting coastal biodiversity.
Suggested citation: Dundas, S.J., von Haefen, R.H., and C. Mansfield (2016). Costs of Endangered Species Protection on Public Lands: Evidence from Cape Hatteras National Seashore. (CEnREP Working Paper No. 16-016). Raleigh, NC: Center for Environmental and Resource Economic Policy.