Activities on lands managed by the federal Department of Interior contributed $1.55 billion in economic output and supported 15,000 jobs in Idaho in 2012, the agency said.
A report by Interior’s Office of Policy Analysis showed 7.8 million visits at Idaho Interior sites in 2012 including national monuments, wildlife refuges and public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. That does not include national forests that make up more than half of federal lands in the state.
The report said recreation on Interior-managed lands supported more than 6,000 jobs and energy and mineral development on Interior sites supported 3,000 jobs, Interior said in a press release.
“This report demonstrates that the Department creates and supports private sector jobs and economic growth in Idaho and communities across the nation,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.
Nationwide, Interior supported 2.3 million jobs and added $371 billion during the same period. That more than three times Idaho’s GDP.