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Fwd: [BirdsCaribbean] Re: New Report Measures Wildlife Watching's Contribution to Nation's Economy

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  • Potter at Island Resources
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    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 10 12:30 PM
      >To: Birds Caribbean <birdscaribbean@yahoogroups.com>
      >From: Carolyn Wardle <cwardlef@...>
      >Sender: BirdsCaribbean@yahoogroups.com
      >Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2008 09:22:17 -0700 (PDT)
      >Subject: [BirdsCaribbean] Re: New Report Measures Wildlife
      >Watching's Contribution to Nation's Economy
      >
      >
      >Wildlife Watching in the United States : The Economic Impacts on
      >National and State Economies in 2006 is available at
      ><http://library.fws.gov/nat_survey2006_economics.pdf>http://library.fws.gov/nat_survey2006_economics.pdf
      >
      >A new report recently released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
      >shows that expenditures for wildlife watching are equivalent to the
      >revenues generated from all spectator sports, amusement parks and
      >arcades, non-hotel casinos, bowling centers and skiing facilities
      >combined. Using data from the 2006 National Survey of Fishing,
      >Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, the Service's new
      >addendum report Wildlife Watching in the United States : The
      >Economic Impacts on National and State Economies in 2006 shows
      >wildlife watching not only contributes significantly to people's
      >enjoyment of the outdoors but is a major factor in the state and
      >national economies.
      >
      >In 2006, the direct expenditures of wildlife watchers generated
      >$122.6 billion in total industrial output. This resulted in
      >1,063,482 jobs, a federal tax revenue of $9.3 billion, and a state
      >and local tax revenue of $8.9 billion. The report details the
      >economic impacts of wildlife watching expenditures by State. The
      >top 5 States ranked by economic output include California , Florida
      >, Texas , Georgia and New York . Direct expenditures by wildlife
      >watchers were for items such as cameras, binoculars and bird food,
      >as well as trip-related expenses such as lodging, transportation and
      >food.
      >
      >The report addresses participation nationwide in wildlife watching,
      >associated expenditures and estimates of the total economic activity
      >generated by these expenditures. In addition, it addresses the
      >total employment and income associated with wildlife watching
      >expenditures and estimates of the generated state and federal tax
      >revenue. In 2006, nearly 71 million Americans (16 years of age and
      >older) spent more than $45 billion observing, feeding, and
      >photographing wildlife.
      >
      >Wildlife Watching in the United States : The Economic Impacts on
      >National and State Economies in 2006 is available at
      ><http://library.fws.gov/nat_survey2006_economics.pdf>http://library.fws.gov/nat_survey2006_economics.pdf
      >
      >In addition to the 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and
      >Wildlife Associated Recreation and its addendum analytical report,
      >individual state reports have also been completed. For more
      >information on fishing, hunting, and wildlife watching in your
      >State, visit:
      ><http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/NationalSurvey/reports2006.html>http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/NationalSurvey/reports2006.html
      >
      >


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