Report Tracks Economic Impact from National Parks

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February 29, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 281 million visitors to the nation's 394 national parks had a direct spending impact of $12 billion in 2010.

This and other data are included in an annual, peer-reviewed, visitor spending analysis conducted by Dr. Daniel Stynes of Michigan State University for the National Park Service.

Across the U.S, local visitor spending added a total of $31 billion to the national economy and supported more than 258,000 jobs, an increase of $689 million and 11,500 jobs over 2009.

To download the report visit and click on Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation and Payroll, 2010 .

The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

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