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News Release Date: April 21, 2016

Contact: Ted Stout, 208-527-1330

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 246,825 visitors to Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in 2015 spent $8.4 million dollars in communities near the park. That spending supported 133 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $9.5 million.

"Craters of the Moon welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world," said Superintendent Wade Vagias. "We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides. The park also serves as a gateway to Idaho for many visitors. 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 economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne Koontz of the National Park Service.  The report shows $16.9 billion of direct spending by 307.2 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 295,000 jobs nationally;252,000 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $32 billion.

According to the 2015 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (31.1 percent) followed by food and beverages (20.2 percent), gas and oil (11.8 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (9.8 percent).

Report authors this year produced an interactive tool. Users can explore current year visitor spending, jobs, labor income, value added, and output effects by sector for national, state, and local economies. Users can also view year-by-year trend data. The interactive tool and report are available at the NPS Social Science Program webpage: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/socialscience/vse.htm

The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

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

Last updated: March 6, 2017

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