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Tourism Economy
3:41 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Measuring the impact of national parks on Montana's economy, hint: its really big

NPS report says Glacier Park brought $172 million into the local economy in 2012.
Credit Katrin Frye

Out of town travelers make up the vast majority of visitors to national parks and they dump a whole lot of money into local economies.

Nationwide that number is $13.9-billion for 2012. These are the findings released by the National Park Service in a report that details the economic impact of national parks.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell hosted a conference call with reporters Monday. She said the report helps her make the case for funding parks.

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