Climate change threatens Oregon’s $320M winter tourism industry


The winter tourism industry across 38 states has lost $1 billion in the last decade from diminishing snowfall, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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The winter tourism industry across 38 states has lost $1 billion in the last decade from diminishing snowfall, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Without intervention, the report states, “winter temperatures are projected to warm an additional 4 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century, with subsequent decreases in snow cover area.”

For Oregon, that means a $320 million industry that supplies 5,565 jobs could be at risk. Researchers found that low-snow years over the last decade, brought down skier visits by 31 percent in Oregon.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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