WPR News
12:23 am
Wed January 18, 2006

Parks Boost State Economy

Laramie, WY – A new economic study appears to show that state parks attract visitors and bring revenue to the state. It says over 40 million dollars was generated by state parks with over half of that going for salaries and wages in 2005. The study was conducted by Michigan State University Professor Daniel Stynes who says there is no question that Wyoming's State Parks and Historic Sites are good for the economy. Stynes adds that they also have created nearly 900 jobs across the state. Stynes is considered an expert on state parks and their economic impacts. Hot Springs State Park had the greatest impact on its local economy.