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Pipestone National Monument Celebrates Founder's Day

Pipestone, MN: Superintendent Glen Livermont announced today Pipestone National Monument will celebrate Founder's Day Tuesday, August 25, 2015, to commemorate the establishment of both the National Park Service and Pipestone National Monument.

Congress established the National Park Service on August 25, 1916, with thirty-five national parks and monuments administered under the Department of Interior. This year the National Park Service is celebrating its 99th birthday. Pipestone National Monument was added to the system by Congress on August 25, 1937 and celebrates 78 years of being a part of the National Park Service. Today, 407 units make up the National Park System.

All National Park Service sites, including Pipestone National Monument, will offer free entrance on Tuesday, August 25th, for the National Park Services 99th birthday.

National Parks Contribute Billions to Economy

Released on Monday, the report from the National Park Service states that recreational visits to the 401 units of the National Park System in 2012 resulted in $14.7 billion in spending in "gateway" communities — those within 60 miles of a park. Factoring in the secondary effects of that spending, those expenditures supported 243,000 jobs and contributed $26.8 billion to the national economy. "Our parks are economic engines for local communities," said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. "They support business ranging from motels and restaurants to gas stations and tour companies and, of course, the people who work in those businesses."

Full Story:http://www.nbcnews.com/business/travel/national-parks-contribute-billions-economy-report-finds-n43431

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