Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Wildlife-Related Recreation Provides Boost to Economy. (Benefits of Parks and Recreation)

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Wildlife-Related Recreation Provides Boost to Economy. (Benefits of Parks and Recreation)

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Supporting America's wildlife does more than support our heritage--it supports the economy. Last year, 89 million Americans engaged in wildlife-related recreation and spent more than $110 billion pursuing these activities, according to preliminary results from a recent study conducted by the Interior Department's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This spending accounts for 1.1 percent of the gross domestic product.

"Wildlife is an American icon," says Service Director Steve Williams. "Wildlife recreation significantly benefits our economy, creates jobs and enhances our standard of living." Fishing is one of the nation's favorite pastimes, with 34 million anglers age 16 or older, each spending an average of 16 days fishing in 2001. Anglers spent more than $35 billion on trips, equipment and other items for their sport, averaging more than $1,046 each. Meanwhile, 13 million Americans age 16 and older hunted an average of 17.5 days each in 2001. They spent more than $20 billion on their activities and equipment, or $1,581 each. …

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