Lassen brings in the dough

National park generates millions for local economy


Tourism at Lassen Volcanic National Park generated millions for the local economy in 2011, a federal report finds.

Compiled by Michigan State University for the National Park Service, the report found visitors to the park brought in about $15.8 million for surrounding communities, according to a Lassen Volcanic National Park press release.

On a broader scale, national-park visitors generated $13 billion total for all communities within 60 miles of any national park and $30 billion for the entire U.S. economy. About 63 percent of visitor expenditures went to lodging, food and drink, while about 17 percent went to recreation and entertainment.

“Lassen Volcanic National Park attracts visitors from across the U.S. and around the world,” said Darlene M. Koontz, park superintendent. “People visiting the park spend time and money enjoying the services provided by our neighboring communities in this amazing part of the country.”

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