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Cape Cod National Seashore Equals Visitors Plus Money and Jobs

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Date: February 29, 2012
Contact: George Price, Superintendent, 508-771-2144

SOUTH WELLFLEET, MA - A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that more than 4.6 million visitors in 2010 spent over $171 million at Cape Cod National Seashore and in communities near the park. That spending supported approximately 2,000 jobs in the area.

"The people and the business owners in communities near national parks have always known their economic value," said Superintendent George Price. "Cape Cod National Seashore is clean, green fuel for the engine that drives our local economy."

Most of the spending and jobs are related to lodging, food and beverage service and other retail, entertainment and amusements, gas and local transportation, and groceries.

The figures are based on $12 billion of direct spending by 281 million visitors in 394 national parks and nearby communities and are included in an annual, peer-reviewed, visitor spending analysis conducted by Dr. Daniel Stynes of Michigan State University for the National Park Service.

Across the U.S, local visitor spending added a total of $31 billion to the national economy and supported more than 258,000 jobs, an increase of $689 million and 11,500 jobs over 2009.

To download the report visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/products.cfm#MGM and click on Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation and Payroll, 2010.

The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

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Did You Know?

Wellfleet kettle ponds

Although the kettle ponds within Cape Cod National Seashore are within 2.5 km of the ocean and have been subjected to thousands of years of salt spray, they remain low in dissolved salts. Ponds are flushed out by inflowing and outflowing groundwater, which prevents salts from accumulating.