CLOSING NATIONAL PARKS HAS HURT THE LOCAL ECONOMIES THAT DEPEND ON THEM. THESE COMMUNITIES HAVE LOST MORE THAN
$480,000,000
DUE TO THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN*
*In a typical October, the communities surrounding national parks profit from more than 750,000 daily visitors who spend, on average, well over $30 million per day. Because of the government shutdown, those communities lost as much as $480 million for the sixteen days the national parks remained closed. Losses of more than $30 million a day are conservative estimates covering only visitor spending in local communities; figures from a National Park Service press release calculate the losses across broader economic impacts, including sales, labor income, and value added from national parks visits, placing the overall economic loss to the nation at $76 million per day.
Sources: NPCA analysis of National Park Service and Michigan State University, "Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation", 2011; National Park Service Visitor Statistics at https://irma.nps.gov/Stats/Reports/ReportList

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