Report Says Forests and Grasslands Benefit Rural Areas

Report Says Forests and Grasslands Benefit Rural Areas

Jobs and economy increased by recreational activities.

The updated National Visitor Use Monitoring Report, issued by USDA, reveals that recreation activities on America's National Forests and Grasslands have helped to sustain an estimated 223,000 jobs in rural areas and contributed approximately $14.5 billion annually to the U.S. economy.

"Outdoor recreation is a crucial part of USDA's effort to help generate wealth and economic opportunities in rural America," Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said. "This report demonstrates clearly how recreation activities not only help Americans enjoy a healthier lifestyle and instill an appreciation for the great outdoors, but also sustain thousands of jobs and generate billions of dollars in economic activity in rural communities across the country."

The USDA Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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