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

Yellowstone National Park entrance station

Yellowstone National Park entrance station. Photo © Elsvander Gun/iStockphoto.

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

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Editor of Online Communications Jennifer Errick

Jennifer Errick is editor of online communications at NPCA.