Survey gauges National Forests’ economic impact


A U.S. Forest Service survey tracks the economic impact of recreational visitors, helping the Forest Service set its management and budget priorities at national forests.

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A U.S. Forest Service survey tracks the economic impact of recreational visitors, helping the Forest Service set its management and budget priorities at national forests.

People make more than 11 million recreational visits to the eight national forests within Oregon, sustain nearly 15,000 jobs and spend an estimated $440 million annually, according to [the] survey. 

For example, the survey shows hiking is the most common recreational activity in the national forests, [Chief Tom] Tidwell said. That supports the need to maintain and update trails, provide secure trailhead access and parking, and to link with volunteer groups that in many cases have adopted individual trail systems and help maintain them, he said.

Read more about the economic impact at OregonLive.com.

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