KEMMERER — A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that the 16,552 visitors to Fossil Butte National Monument spent $783,000 in communities surrounding the park. This spending supported 10 jobs in the local area.
“Fossil Butte National Monument is a great place to learn about Green River Formation fossils — a part of the American West’s story,” said park superintendent Nancy Skinner. “We attract visitors from across the U.S. and around the world. They come to see and learn about astonishingly well-preserved 52 million year old fossils, then spend time and money enjoying the services provided by Kemmerer, Diamondville and neighboring communities and getting to know this amazing part of southwestern Wyoming. The National Park Service is proud to have been entrusted with stewardship of America’s most treasured places and pleased that visitors we welcome generate significant contributions to the local, state, and national economy.”
The information on Fossil Butte National Monument 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. The 2011 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 (11percent), transportation and fuel (seven percent) and wholesale and manufacturing (two percent.)
To download the report, visit www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/products.cfm#MGM and follow the link on “Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation, 2011.”
The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.
To learn more about national parks in Wyoming 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/wyoming.