Posted on: January 27 2012

New Report: Parks Contributed $12 Billion in Economic Benefits in 2010

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Above: Do I see money in those trees? A hiker explores Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.

According to a report released this morning by the National Park Service, the park system remained a strong economic engine in 2010, despite the slow pace of economic recovery nationally. An estimated $3 billion in taxpayer money invested in the parks generated about $12.16 billion in revenue to local economies (within about 60 miles of the parks) and resulted in 281 million recreational visits. The park system also supported 258,400 jobs nationally in 2010.

Read the full report (PDF, 52 pages, 1.6 MB) at: http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/docs/NPSSystemEstimates2010.pdf

-Jennifer Errick, Editor, Online Communications

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