Yosemite bolsters economy

Austen Thibault, The Union Democrat

A new study by the National Park Service estimated that Yosemite National Park visitors contributed over $378 million in communities near the park in 2012.

The "2012 National Park Visitor Spending Effects" report was released last month, concluding that trip-related spending by park visitors "generates and supports a considerable amount of economic activity within park gateway communities.

The report estimates economic contributions for the entire national park system using visitor numbers, cost surveys and economic modeling software. The bulk of the 40-page report is a table of localized numbers for each park.

Yosemite visitors' economic contribution was among the highest. Direct visitor spending within 60 miles of the park was estimated at $378 million. That spending supported an estimated 5,162 jobs, the report said.

The sector benefiting most from the spending was lodging, including hotels, motels and bed and breakfast inns, according to the statistics derived for the whole national park system.

For the full story, see the March 4 edition of The Union Democrat.

The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Saturday October 22, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
Columbia Elementary board ousts superintendent


Five days after receiving a 2 percent raise, Columbia Union School District ... more

Paying the price


Chris Lusardi, of Sonora, is one of thousands of Tuolumne County residents ... more

Sheriff details investigation of Marshall murder-suicide


Philip Marshall acted alone in killing his two teenage children, a pet ... more

County wants changes on wildfire risk assessment


Tuolumne County officials are preparing to fight in Sacramento for local residents ... more

Mudslide knocks out a portion of TUD’s ditch system


The Columbia ditch will be closed until Saturday, following a mudslide that ... more