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National Park tourism creates $20.9 million in economic benefit in Northern Wisconsin
A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that the 176,040 visitors (up from 156,945 in 2010) to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Bayfield, Wisconsin, spent $20.9 million in communities surrounding the park. This spending supported 364 jobs in the local area.
“Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a wonderful place to learn about America’s story and is clean, green fuel for the engine that drives our local economy,” said Park Superintendent Bob Krumenaker. “We attract visitors from across the U.S. and around the world who come here to experience the park and then spend time and money enjoying the services provided by our neighboring communities and getting to know this amazing part of the country. The National Park Service is proud to have been entrusted with the care of America’s most treasured places and delighted that the visitors we welcome generate significant contributions to the local, state, and national economy.” Photo caption: Pictured at left are the Sand Island sea caves, photo by Robert Hume. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is well-known for its spectacular scenery and sea cave formations which occur where Lake Superior interacts with thinly bedded sandstone.
The information on Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is part of a peer-reviewed spending analysis of national park visitors across the country conducted by Michigan State University for the National Park Service. For 2011, that report shows $13 billion of direct spending by 279 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. That visitor spending had a $30 billion impact on the entire U.S. economy and supported 252,000 jobs nationwide.
Most visitor spending supports jobs in lodging, food, and beverage service (63 percent) followed by recreation and entertainment (17 percent), other retail (11 percent), transportation and fuel (7 percent) and wholesale and manufacturing (2 percent).
The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state. To download the report visit www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/products.cfm and click on Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation, 2011.Photo caption: Pictured at right is the Raspberry Island Lighthouse, considered the “Showplace of the Apostle Islands.” Apostle Islands National Lakeshore has more lighthouses than any other National Park Service area (8 historic towers on 6 islands).
To learn more about national parks in Wisconsin and how the National Park Service works with communities to preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide local recreation opportunities, go to www.nps.gov/wisconsin.