Our national wildlife refuges are important to the economy, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Study has shown again this year, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Because of St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge alone (a goody), $23.6 million was generated, along with 346 jobs. Florida has many more national wildlife refuges than just that one, so it’s apparent that conserving land makes economic sense. As the article points out, though, refuges also just enrich our lives aside from the money factor.
You can find the whole report Banking on Nature 2006: The Economic Benefits to Local Communities of National Wildlife Refuge Visitation here.