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Well this seems worth noting. Perhaps, even repeating to those who just hate "economic stimulus" -- just on the principle of it.

National wildlife refuges contribute to economy
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the areas infuse national economy with $2.4 billion and 35,000 jobs.

by Tom Wharton, The Salt Lake Tribune -- Nov 11, 2013

A recent report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service revealed that refuges are strong economic engines for local communities. The report, released by Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, said the refuges pump $2.4 billion into the economy and support more than 35,000 jobs.

"Our National Wildlife Refuge System is the world’s greatest network of lands dedicated to wildlife conservation, but it is also a powerful economic engine for local communities across the country, attracting more than 46 million visitors from around the world who support local restaurants, hotels and other businesses," said Jewell in a recent speech at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. "In addition to conserving and protecting public lands for future generations, the report shows that every dollar we invest in our refuge system generates huge economic dividends for our country."

For every $1 appropriated in Fiscal Year 2011, the refuges contributed $4.87 in total economic output.

That's quite the return on the investment:  $1 in and almost $5 out!

Now, that's what you call a Multiplier Effect.

Hopefully that message of investing in our Environment can be "multiplied" too. This former CEO of REI is giving that messaging effort, her level best:

Report:  Wildlife refuges create $2B for economy

by Matthew Daly,, AP --  Nov 05, 2013

The trip comes after [Sally] Jewell issued a call for increased conservation spending at a speech last week. In her first major address since taking office this spring [Dept of Interior Secretary], Jewell urged Congress to push for full funding for parks and other public lands in the federal budget.

If Congress does not act to protect mountains, rivers and forests from development, President Barack Obama will use his executive authority to do so, Jewell said. Obama designated five new national monuments earlier this year and will not hesitate to protect historic or ecologically significant sites, she said.

Jewell said one of the few positive effects of the shutdown, which she called "absurd" and "wasteful," is a renewed appreciation for the nation's network of public lands, from national parks to wildlife refuges to vast areas maintained by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The Interior Department manages more than 500 million acres in national parks and other public lands -- 20 percent of the nation's total land mass.

It's called a "public resource" for a reason -- primary being:  It belongs to us.

Shouldn't we conserve and protect these "public resources" whenever we can -- especially when it leads to so many local "cottage industries" whenever we do?

I've really liked the new Secretary of the DOI, especially after hearing clips like this:

Secretary Sally Jewell's Message to Interior Staff  Regarding Climate Change

 link to video

US Department of the Interior -- Published on Jun 26, 2013

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell recorded a video message to all employees to give an update on President Obama's comprehensive plan on climate change and how Interior will play a key role in our Nation's efforts to develop homegrown energy, take steps to cut carbon pollution, and leave a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations.

How she slipped by the GOP Science-denial Stonewalling Machine, I'll probably never know!

But whatever the reason, I'm glad she did. The pace of Climate Change is not really waiting for US to catch up with it, now is it?  It's far past time we got with the carbon-mitigation program, as U.S. Secretary Jewell advocates for.

Originally posted to Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 05:31 PM PST.

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  •  Jewel is a good Sec of Int (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm sure she's going to catch a lot of flack, it's part of the job. She's a good manager with a solid grasp of most of the issues she needs to deal with... and she's a workhorse. This job will probably age here ten years.

    Of course I'm a big fan of refuges as my user group is their biggest source of funding. We have been creating new refuges from a long long time ago. Mostly with Duck Stamps but also offshore oil taxes, outboard motor fuel taxes, and various other sources.

    Refuges are the premier example of the federal government using modern, proven, scientific methods to manage wildlife. I wish all National Park Wildlife was managed by FWS.

    I'm not real big on Monuments. Often they are boostered by local tourism and business interests in hopes of selling junk. Better to have a congress that can work together and create thoughtfully designated national lands more appropriate to their use.

    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 07:02:05 PM PST

    •  well (2+ / 0-)
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      TX Freethinker, ban nock

      she's light years ahead of James Watt,


      Monuments are "better" than resource extraction, imo.

      Extractors (think Keystone XL) only return revenue to the community, usually for a short while.

      Monument's local impacts, on the other hand, can last "forever."

      thanks ban nock, for the comments.

      •  It was Reagan, and especially James Watt (1+ / 0-)
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        who convinced me to switch from a Republican-leaning independent to someone who votes a straight Democratic ticket in almost every election.

        That, and President Carter's decision to create 80 million acres of new National Monuments in Alaska in his last month in office.

        "The most dangerous worldview, is the worldview of those who have not viewed the world." Alexander von Humboldt

        by TX Freethinker on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 07:46:06 PM PST

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        •  Clinton too, (0+ / 0-)

          set aside some major "roadless" Wilderness Areas,

          as I recall, right before he left office.

          Which W. slowly tried to undo, over the years

          •  I didn't have a problem with Carter's monuments (1+ / 0-)
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            and most of Clinton's. I don't think monument designation as preservation is a good route for making Wilderness though. If it's worth it as Wilderness it should be debated in Congress and enacted.

            Todays' congress makes all that impossible.

            Everyone wants a Park of late too.

            “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

            by ban nock on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 08:05:21 PM PST

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  •  Refuges and economic growth: (0+ / 0-)

    the vision of ‘cottage industries’ popping up on the periphery of wild refuges is hard to accept; harder still would be giants like Wal-Mart surrounding our natural lands but that might be the scene given the ‘big fish eats little fish’ model of commercial growth.

    However, I agree that the $1 ‘appropriated’ for refuges is the kind of ‘investment’ that we can live with and not just because of its ‘return’ ($4.87)in ‘economic output’.  The reason has more to do with the quality of consumption.

    Here’s this little tidbit:

    “Americans as a whole consume much more than they invest. In fact, Americans consume about 72 percent of GDP—higher than any developed country except Greece...”

    World Bank

    Now, I figure if Americans are going to refuges instead of Wal-mart &c., then, even if their dollar spent doing so is consumption (not savings), it is still a healthier economic act.  Note: better would be if we could choose to go to those refuges as a group together in some kind of hybrid bus.

    Thank you for the diary.

    We've reached the point where we're unfazed by things that should shake us to the core. –Bill McKibben (Volva Award recipient)

    by ume on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 06:50:56 AM PST

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