U.S. Estimates Economic and Jobs Impact of Wilderness and Ecotourism

A new report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services says visitors to federal wildlife refuges generate more than $2 billion a year in economic activity, helping to employ more than 35,000 people and produce about $343 million in local, state and federal taxes. Recreational activities such as birding, hiking and picnicking account for nearly 75 % of total expenditures at wildlife refuges across the country, the report says, while fishing and hunting account for about 28 % of expenditures.

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Banking on Nature is available at: http://www.fws.gov/refuges/about/RefugeReports/index1.html

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