Study: Outdoor Recreation Benefits Economy
Frye, Bob, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
When state lawmakers from around the country gathered earlier this month in Fayette County for a meeting of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, the focus was on making sure the nation's laws support hunters and anglers as much possible.
A new study will help.
According to the Southwick Associates for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, outdoor recreation -- when combined with historic preservation -- supports 9.4 million jobs nationally each year. That translates to more than $1 trillion in economic impact annually.
The study determined, among other things, that in 2006, outdoor sports -- which by definition includes hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking, camping, skiing, paddle sports and bicycling -- generated $99 billion in federal and state tax revenues. They also supported $9.5 billion in annual retail sales.
That's not to be underestimated, officials said, at a time when the unemployment rate is 8.6 percent.
"As a former Secretary of the Interior, governor, senator and mayor, I have witnessed firsthand how historic preservation, conservation and outdoor recreation result in tremendous benefits to our nation's economy," Dirk Kempthorne said. …