Report shows the contribution public lands make to our economy

WASHINGTON  – In the year 2018, activities in South Dakota U.S. Department of Interior-managed lands supported 4,790 jobs and $243 million in added value from recreational activities.

Recreational activities through the U.S. Department of Interior include National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, and National Monuments. Nationwide there are an estimated 486 million visits to these activities; These visits support an estimated $58 billion economic output and estimate 452,000 jobs.

“As the stewards of our public lands and waters, we are committed to being a good neighbor and serving alongside local communities,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “The Department of the Interior is entrusted with managing a wide variety of public lands that support nearly two million jobs and generate $315 billion in economic impact, benefitting local and state economies. Today’s report highlights the significant contribution our public lands make in our economy, which continues to grow under President Trump’s leadership.”

In a report from the U.S. Departments of the Interior highlighting Interior activities which cover: conventional and renewable energy, recreation, non-fuel minerals, irrigation, and conservation resulted in $315 billion in economic output and supported 1.8 million jobs during the year. This is up from $254 billion in economic output and 1.6 million jobs in 2016.

According to the release from the U.S. Department of Interior, 2019 prospects are high, the economic impact of Interior-managed public lands under President Trump is also expected to show increases in the 2019 fiscal year due to expanded recreational access, regulatory reforms, increased energy production, and more projects being approved for development.

“The policies being implemented under the Trump administration continue to drive economic growth on public lands and across the economy. The unemployment reate is at the lowest level in 50 years; more than 6.4 million jobs have been added since Jan. 2017; and the U.S. is now the number one producer of oil and gas in the world,” said the release.

To view the full report from the U.S. Department of Interior click HERE


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