National Parks are economic engines bringing in about $27 billion nationwide in 2012

By KBJR News 1

March 4, 2014 Updated Mar 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- America’s more than 400 National Parks are strong economic engines for local communities bringing in about $27 billion nationwide in 2012.

Last year, $34 million was earned in visitor spending around Minnesota national parks.

In Wisconsin, $28 million was earned in visitor spending, with $24,000 at the Apostle Islands alone.

The National Park Service estimates that more than $400 million was lost during the most recent government shutdown in visitor spending at the national parks around the region.

“They are places of unimaginable beauty, majesty. Places that allow us to connect with nature, but also places that convey our history and heritage,” U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, said.

In 2012, National Parks supported 243,000 jobs in the United States. According to the 2012 economic analysis, most visitor spending supports jobs surrounding our National Parks in restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, hotels, motels, Bed and Breakfasts as well as other amusement and recreation jobs.

Ramona Marozas