Local Economic Benefits of Idaho's National Parks

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Rhonda Morris, Executive Director of the Craters of the Moon Natural History Association. This non-profit provides support for the educational and scientific work of the National Park Service.

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News Release Date: March 5, 2012

Visitors to Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve contributed more than $6 million to local economies and supported 96 jobs in 2010 according to a recent report issued by the National Park Service. Statewide visitors to Idaho's 6 national parks contributed more than $20 million to local economies and supported 312 jobs. Nationally visitors to the National Park System contributed more than $31 billion to local economies and supported 258,000 jobs.

The entire National Park Service report which includes information on visitor spending by park and by state, is online at:


click Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation and Payroll, 2010.

For more state-by-state information on national parks and how the National Park Service is working with communities go to www.nps.gov/STATE,  for example:



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