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Public Lands Are Crucial to Small Businesses and Local Economies

Key Message

Public lands are essential to local economies in the US West and are the catalyst to creating new jobs, attracting entrepreneurs and visitors and boosting consumer spending.

Source

Small Business Majority. (2015). A Small Business Voice for Public Lands in the West Economic Report. Washington, DC: Small Business Majority. 11 pp.

Purpose

This paper will examine the benefits of protecting public lands to small businesses and local economies in the West, and how public lands attract entrepreneurs and tourists who contribute to the success of Western states. This paper will look specifically at the importance of public lands in California, Colorado, Montana and New Mexico.

It will also provide recommendations policymakers can use to take further steps to ensure the protection of public lands that are crucial to the success of small businesses and economies in the West. 

Evidence

Public lands are essential to local economies in the West and are the catalyst to creating new jobs, attracting entrepreneurs and visitors and boosting consumer spending.

According to the U.S. Department of Interior, public lands under the Department’s protection hosted more than 400 million visitors who contributed $41 billion to the economy and supported 355,000 jobs across the country. In order to ensure outdoor recreation and the revenue it generates continues to thrive, we need to make protection of America’s public lands a priority.

Research shows small business owners overwhelmingly support creating new public lands. It’s good for local economies and small businesses and is an important step to protecting our nation’s natural assets that attract visitors from all over the world. What’s more, the Center for American Progress poll found by a margin of more than 3-to-1, voters believe that leaders in Washington should be creating new parks and expanding opportunities for Americans to get outdoors. Policymakers should take note and move forward with creating and protecting national parks and monuments, which will continue to boost economies in the West, and our nation as a whole.

Benefit Statements / Outcomes

Leadership Provided By:

  • Leisure Information Network (LIN)
  • Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

On Behalf Of:

  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRAA)

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