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Pipestone National Monument- Visitors money and jobs

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Date: February 29, 2012

 Pipestone National Monument = visitors, money and jobs

Pipestone, MN: A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 78,108 visitors in 2010 spent $3,264,000 million at Pipestone National Monument and in communities near the monument. That spending and an annual average monument payroll of $506,000 supported more than 50 jobs in the local area.

"National Parks are best known for their incredible beauty and the preservation of America's historical legacy, but they are also critical assets for local economies," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "The investment American taxpayers make in their national parks continues to offer a huge return, not only in priceless family experiences but in real jobs and economic growth in our gateway communities that ripples to suppliers across the nation."

"The people and the business owners in communities near national parks have always known their economic value," said monument Superintendent Glen Livermont. "Pipestone National Monument is just one of many local forces which help drive the local economy. Tourism and visitor spending is a big influence in supporting the Pipestone community." The economic sectors most directly affected by spending/jobs are principally related to lodging, food, and beverage service, followed by other retail, such as: entertainment/amusements, gas and local transportation, and groceries.

These figures are part of the $12 billion of direct spending by 281 million visitors in 395 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.The report includes a broad range of information detailing visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

To review and download a copy of this 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.

To learn more about Pipestone National Monument and on how the NPS is represented within Minnesota go to www.nps.gov/minnesota

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