Feds Estimate Billions in State Economic Impact from Parks, Projects | Money / Finance
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Department of the Interior officials say their agency's parks and other projects supported more than 19,000 Nevada jobs last fiscal year.
The federal agency says Monday that the 16 million visitors to national parks, wildlife refuges and other federal lands supported about 10,500 jobs, while energy and mineral development supported close to 6,000 jobs.
The department says Lake Mead National Recreation Area alone supported almost 2,500 jobs. That area sees about 7 million visitors a year.
Interior department officials say their agency's projects and sites made a nearly $2.4 billion impact on the Nevada economy.
Nationwide, they say the economic impact is $385 billion.
The Interior department's responsibilities include managing public lands and natural resources and working with Native American tribes.