National Parks Bring $444 Million to Pennsylvania
19, 2014 - Tom Joseph
National parks, monuments, trails and historic sites are pumping more than $444
million into Pennsylvania's economy each year. Numbers from the National Park
Service show more than 9 million visits to Park Service lands in Pennsylvania
there's often criticism that public lands don't generate local income unless
they're drilled or harvested for timber, the report outlines other income
streams, said Craig Dalby, chief of public information programs for the Park
flight to a place, renting a car, getting to the place - and then, of course,
spending money at the location or near the park," he said. "That all
generates economic activity."
national parks and almost 200 national natural and historic landmarks lie
within Pennsylvania. The report shows that national-park tourism returns $10 to
local economies for every $1 invested in the National Park Service.
Service lands are connected to about 7,000 jobs in Pennsylvania, Dalby said.
economic activity that is generated from visitors going to parks does have that
effect of creating work for people," he said.
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 account for 20 percent.
statistics are online at nps.gov/state/pa/.