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Report: National Parks Equal $400 Million for Montana

PHOTO: A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows NPS lands, such as Glacier National Park, are connected to more than $400 million a year in tourism spending in Montana. CREDIT: National Park Service.
PHOTO: A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows NPS lands, such as Glacier National Park, are connected to more than $400 million a year in tourism spending in Montana. CREDIT: National Park Service.
March 6, 2014

HELENA, Mont. - National Parks, Monuments, Trails and Historic Sites are pumping at least $400 million into Montana's economy each year. Numbers from the National Park Service show more than 4 million people visited National Park Service lands in Big Sky Country in 2012.

While there's often criticism that public lands don't generate local income unless they're mined, drilled or harvested for timber, this report outlines other income streams, as the National Park Service's Chief of Public Information Programs, Craig Dalby, explained.

"The flight to a place, for example, renting a car, getting to the place, and then of course, spending money at the location or near the Park, that all generates economic activity."

There are eight National Parks and more than three dozen other National Park Service properties in Montana. The report shows that National Park tourism returns ten dollars to local economies for every dollar invested in the NPS.

The report also found National Park Service lands are connected to more than 6,000 jobs.

"The economic activity that is generated from visitors going to Parks does have that effect of creating work for people," Dalby noted.

According to the report, 39 percent of visitor spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores. Lodging accounts for 27 percent, and other amusement and recreation for 20 percent.

Montana numbers are at NPS.gov.


Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MT