Letters From the West

Idaho cashes in on outdoor recreation report says

Anglers fish for Steelhead on the Salmon River

Anglers fish for Steelhead on the Salmon River

Visitors and residents spend $6.3 billion annually in Idaho, supporting 76,700 Idaho jobs, generating $1.8 billion in wages, and producing $461 million in state and local tax revenue, the Outdoor Industry Association reported.

When you compare outdoor recreation with other sectors of the economy it isn’t as much as agriculture or real estate but it brings in more than mining and construction.
The report says 74 percent of Idahoans play outside by dozens of activities including hiking or biking in the foothills, fishing in places like Brownlee Reservoir, motorcycling trails through the Payette National Forest or hunting for ducks on the Snake River.
The group expanded on its June 2012 report with the state-by-state figures. That report that nationally Americans spend $646 billion each year on outdoor recreation, directly supporting 6.1 million jobs and generating nearly $80 billion in tax revenue.
The industry commissioned Southwick Associates to do the research. The Motorcycle Industry Council and National Marine Manufacturers Association contributed funding and facts to support this study.

Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America and co-producer of the movie Firestorm: Last Stand at Yellowstone, which was inspired by the book and broadcast on A&E Network. He also co-authored the Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho and the Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho with Ken Retallic. He also was on the Statesman’s team that covered the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news in 2007. The National Wildlife Federation awarded him its Conservation Achievement Award.

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