Gallery: Report Shows That Protected Wilderness Areas Are Excellent Dri...


It is true that money does not grow on trees, but it could come from people traveling to see them. A report titled “West Is Best: How Public Lands in the West Create a Competitive Economic Advantage,” written by Headwaters Economics this month, details how the West’s 355 million acres of parks and wilderness areas are drivers for high-wage jobs and local economies. Incredibly, in rural counties where land was under some sort of federal protection, employment increased by 345% over the past four decades. By contrast, in areas that had no protection, jobs increased by only 83%. It seems that preservation is a lucrative business.

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