Refuge Users Spend Bucks

Recreational use on national wildlife refuges generated almost $1.7 billion in total economic activity during fiscal year 2006, according to a study conducted by the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
Fishing accounted for 12 percent of total expenditures, while hunted accounted for 6 percent.  About 82 percent of total expenditures came from nonconsumptive recreation.
According to the study, nearly 35 million people visited national wildlife refuges in 2006, supporting almost 27,000 private sector jobs and producing about $543 million in employment income.  In addition, recreational spending on refuges generated nearly $185.3 million in tax revenue at the local, county, state and federal levels. SOURCE:  Bass Times.  February 2008.  Page 25.

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