The Economic Value of ‘Quiet Recreation’ on BLM Lands
Note: The fact sheet for Alaska was updated on April 12, 2016, to reflect a change in the acreage of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands, based on updated information provided by the Alaska BLM office.
Nonmotorized recreation on the 246 million acres of our nation’s land overseen by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) supports 25,000 jobs and generates $2.8 billion for the U.S. economy, according to the first study focused entirely on the economic contribution of “quiet recreation” visitors on BLM lands.
“Quiet Recreation on BLM-Managed Lands: Economic Contribution 2014” was conducted by the independent firm ECONorthwest and commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The researchers found that visits to these landscapes in 11 western states—Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, as well as Alaska—in 2014 generated approximately $1.8 billion in spending in communities within 50 miles of the recreation sites, which circulated through the state and national economies and resulted in $800 million in employees’ salaries, wages, and benefits.
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