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State parks contribute more than $1 billion for Oregon economy

Oregon state parks contributed $1.1 billion to the state economy in 2016. They also supported 16,000 jobs, according to a new report.

Posted: Dec. 12, 2017 6:17 PM

SALEM, Ore. -- A new report shows the positive financial impact that Oregon parks has on the state's economy. 

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The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department says that $1.1 billion was added to the state's economy in 2016 because of park activity. Officials also found that parks supported 16,000 full-time jobs across the state, equating to a combined salary of $550 million. 

The report measured how communities near parks benefited economically from the 54 million-plus visits to state parks in 2016. OPRD's analysis of the report found that for every dollar invested into the parks system, $30.50 was generated in related economic activity.

Silver Falls state park, in Marion County, was the biggest contributor with 1.4 million visits, bringing $58.4 million to the local economy.

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