So in answer to the questions: are National Parks necessary? or do they make money (as if that’s the most important function)? Click the headings for the rest of each article.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
SAN FRANCISCO – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 5.1 million visitors to national parks in Hawai`i spent more than $314 million and supported 3,723 jobs in the state in 2012.
“The national parks of Hawai`i attract visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Regional Director Chris Lehnertz. “Whether they are out for an afternoon, a school field trip, or a month-long family vacation, visitors come to have a great experience, and end up spending a little money along the way. This new report shows that national park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy – returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service – and a big factor in Hawai`i’s economy as well, a result we can all support.”
By Brett Prettyman| The Salt Lake Tribune
A decision by the Utah Legislature to fund the opening of national parks during the federal government shutdown in 2013 did more than provide memories for visiting tourists.
A report released Monday shows Utah’s investment to open nine National Park units in the state October paid off in a big way, to the tune of a $10 return for every $1 spent to operate the parks for six days until the shutdown ended.
“The unwarranted shutdown of the national parks and other federal facilities is devastating individuals and businesses that rely on these areas for their livelihood,” Governor Gary Herbert wrote in a letter to President Barack Obama at the time. “These closures must end immediately. We have a solution in place. We just need, literally, the keys to the gates.”
And in summation of the money-saving (?) effort -
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the 16-day shutdown was a striking reminder that national parks are a powerful economic engine.
Information about the shutdown’s effect on national parks came as Interior released a report indicating that national parks generated $26.8 billion in economic activity in 2012 and supported 243,000 jobs.