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Title: Estimation of national forest visitor spending averages from National Visitor Use Monitoring: round 2

Author: White, Eric M.; Goodding, Darren B.; Stynes, Daniel J.

Date: 2013

Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-883. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 65 p.

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

Description: The economic linkages between national forests and surrounding communities have become increasingly important in recent years. One way national forests contribute to the economies of surrounding communities is by attracting recreation visitors who, as part of their trip, spend money in communities on the periphery of the national forest. We use survey data collected from visitors to all units in the National Forest System to estimate the average spending per trip of national forest recreation visitors engaged in various types of recreation trips and activities. Average spending of national forest visitors ranges from about $33 per party per trip for local residents on day trips to more than $983 per party per trip for visitors downhill skiing on national forest land and staying overnight in the local national forest area. We report key parameters to complete economic contribution analysis for individual national forests and for the entire National Forest System.

Keywords: Visitor spending, economic impact, National Visitor Use Monitoring.

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White, Eric M.; Goodding, Darren B.; Stynes, Daniel J. 2013. Estimation of national forest visitor spending averages from National Visitor Use Monitoring: round 2. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-883. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 65 p.

 


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