The Reality of a Tourism Based Economy

When you start seeing studies telling you how good a National Park, National Monument, or recreation is for the economy of the communities around them reflect upon the following information about Teton County in Wyoming. Teton County Wyoming is where the Teton National Park and Jackson Hole Wyoming are located. Jackson Hole is well known for all kinds of outdoor recreation activities all year around.  Millions of visitors every year flock to the area to get away from the daily grind. According to an article in the Jackson Hole News half of all the jobs in the…

Parks Service Fudges Numbers on San Juan County job Report

The San Juan Record ran an article on March 26, 2014 titled “National Parks in San Juan help support 1,910 jobs”.  That article made the following claims:  A new National Park Service (NPS) report states that in 2012, the 2,705,215 visitors to national park sites in San Juan County spent $150 million and supported 1,910 jobs. The article was based on a study that was conducted by the National Park Service and the US Geological Survey.  It was a national study, but the main part of the article in the San…