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Devils Tower creates $24,517.8 million in Economic Benefit

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Date: March 3, 2014
Contact: Nancy Stimson, 307 467 5283 x 224

Devils Tower, WY –  A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 416,994 visitors to Devils Tower NM in 2012 spent $24,517,000 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 352 jobs in the local area.

 "Devils Tower National Monument is proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world," said superintendent Reed Robinson. "We are delighted to share the story of Devils Tower and the experiences it provides and to use the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy – returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service - and it's a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities."

 The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service. The report shows $14.7 billion of direct spending by 283 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 243,000 jobs nationally, with 201,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.75 billion.

 According to the report most visitor spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores (39 percent), hotels, motels and B&Bs (27 percent), and other amusement and recreation (20 percent).

 To download the report visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfmThe report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

To learn more about national parks in Wyoming and how the National Park Service works with Wyoming communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/deto

-NPS-

Did You Know?

Close up of Devils Tower's columns

The columns that create Devils Tower can be 4, 5, 6, or 7 sided. Some geologists believe the last column fell 10,000 years ago.