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National Parks Going Strong

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WASHINGTON, DC -

Due to more tourists, national parks are going strong. That's according to a new peer-reviewed report released on Monday.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell says national parks generated more than 26 billion dollars in economic activity and supported 243,000 jobs in 2012, most of those jobs were in nearby communities.

In that year, national parks saw more than 280 million visitors.

The Secretary says the parks return 10 dollars for every one American taxpayer dollar invested.

On the downside, the secretary also announced the 16-day government shutdown resulted in 7.8 million fewer visits to national parks costing $414 million.

As for our local area:

In 2012, Montana has 8 national parks

- 4,451,755 visitors

- $403.4 million in economic benefits

- 72,558 volunteer hours

In 2012, Wyoming has 7 national parks

- 6,194,752 visitors

- $721 million in economic benefits

- 128,482 volunteer hours

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