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Lassen Volcanic National Park Tourism Creates $15,807,000 in Local Economic Benefit – Part of $30 billion impact that supports 252,000 jobs nationwide

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News Release Date: February 27, 2013
Contact: Darlene M. Koontz, (530) 595-6102

Mineral, CA - A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that the 351,269 visitors to Lassen Volcanic National Park spent $15,807,000 in communities surrounding the park.This spending supported 178 jobs in the local area.

"Lassen Volcanic National Park attracts visitors from across the U.S. and around the world. People visiting the park spend time and money enjoying the services provided by our neighboring communities in this amazing part of the country," said Park Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz."In partnership with our local communities we look forward to increased visitation and greater economic value through promotion of northern California's national parks.In 2012, we saw visitation increase about 16% to 407,653 at Lassen Volcanic National Park."

The information on Lassen Volcanic National Park is part of a peer-reviewed spending analysis of national park visitors across the country conducted by Michigan State University for the National Park Service.For 2011, that report shows $13 billion of direct spending by 279 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park.That visitor spending had a $30 billion impact on the entire U.S. economy and supported 252,000 jobs nationwide.The National Park Service is proud to have been entrusted with the care of America's most treasured places and delighted that the visitors we welcome generate significant contributions to the local, state, and national economy.

Most visitor spending supports jobs in lodging, food, and beverage service (63 percent) followed by recreation and entertainment (17 percent), other retail (11percent), transportation and fuel (7 percent) and wholesale and manufacturing (2 percent.)

To download the report visit www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/products.cfm#MGM and click on Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation, 2011. The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

To learn more about national parks in California and how the National Park Service works with communities to preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide local recreation opportunities, go to http://www.nps.gov/state/ca/index.htm?program=parks.

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Did You Know?

closeup of white flowers of smelowskia flower

The Lassen Smelowskia flower only grows within Lassen Volcanic National Park, with the largest population on Lassen Peak, and is considered a Threatened and Endangered Species.