SocSci: Economics

For the past 100 years, the American people have entrusted the National Park Service (NPS) with the care of the Nation's most treasured places. As the keeper of more than 400 park units, NPS is charged with preserving these lands and features that were designated for their cultural and historic significance, scenic and environmental values, and educational and recreational opportunities.

While it is easily recognized that NPS lands have tremendous value, economic research is essential for better understanding and communicating the full range of benefits and economic activity supported by the National Park System, as well as for the day-to-day management of our national parks.

Discover how NPS managed lands and programs provide economic benefits to you, your community, and the rest of the Nation.

Hikers follow a ranger in Arches National Park.

Economic Valuation

Economic valuation provides a way to systematically evaluate resource tradeoffs, leading to more informed planning and management decisions.

Visitors enjoy a boat tour in Everglades National Park

Contributions to Communities

Trip-related spending by NPS visitors generates and supports a considerable amount of economic activity within park gateway communities.

Last updated: July 6, 2016

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