Sedro Woolley, WA – March 3, 2014 – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 809,900 visitors to North Cascades National Park Service Complex in 2012 spent $33 million in communities near the Complex. That spending supported 370 jobs in the local area.
“We are very proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Karen Taylor-Goodrich. “It’s particularly rewarding for us to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides, and to use the North Cascades as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy – returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service - and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”
“The North Cascades National Park Service Complex includes the North Cascades National Park and both the Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. Its spectacular scenery, miles of rivers and trails and many mountain lakes, make the Complex a wonderful place for family weekends or vacations. I invite you to come enjoy your public lands this upcoming season,” said Superintendent Taylor-Goodrich.
The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service. The report shows $14.7 billion of direct spending by 283 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 243,000 jobs nationally, with 201,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.75 billion.
According to the report, most visitor spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores (39 percent), hotels, motels and B&Bs (27 percent), and other amusement and recreation (20 percent). To download the report visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm
The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.
To learn more about national parks in Washington State and how the National Park Service works with local communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/wa.