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State and National Economic Impacts of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Related Recreation on U.S. Forest Service-Managed Lands

Between 2000 and 2003, hunters, fishers and wildlife watchers traveling to U.S. Forest Service (USFS) managed lands specifically for those activities spent $1.7 billion within 50 miles of the USFS unit. As these expenditures were spent and re-spent by businesses, additional economic impacts were created for state and national economies and supported 42,342 jobs and $194.0 million in annual federal income tax receipts.
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  • Between 2000 and 2003, hunters, fishers and wildlife watchers traveling to U.S. Forest Service (USFS) managed lands specifically for those activities spent $1,697.4 million within 50 miles of the USFS unit. These expenditures included travel items (such as food, fuel, and lodging), and non-travel items (including souvenirs, ammunition and other hunting supplies, and entertainment). Hunters had $725.4 million/year in expenditures, anglers annually spent $708.9 million, and wildlife watchers added another $263.1 million in annual retail sales.
  • In Pennsylvania, all three activities accounted for $9.5 million in annual retail sales.
  • As these expenditures were spent and re-spent by businesses, additional economic impacts were created for state and national economies. Hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing on USFS lands supported 42,342 jobs and $194.0 million in annual federal income tax receipts.

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