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Tourism report: Visitors spent $56 million near OR national parks

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A new National Park Service report shows that 839,000 people visited national parks in Oregon in 2011.

Those people spent $56 million in communities surrounding the park, according to the study called Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation, 2011.

That spending supported 947 jobs across the state.

Oregon national parks included in the study were Crater Lake National Park, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks and Oregon Caves National Monument.

Crater Lake had more than 423,000 visitors in 2011 with 79,000 overnight stays. Visitors spent $34 million in and around the park, according to the report, supporting 549 jobs.

The Oregon Caves, as another example, had more than 76,000 visitors who spent nearly $4 million and supported 55 jobs.

The information is part of a peer-reviewed spending analysis of national park visitors across the country conducted by Michigan State University for the National Park Service.

Across the U.S., national parks had 279 million visitors that spent $13 billion in communities within 60 miles of the park.

Most visitor spending supports jobs in lodging, food and beverage services, followed by recreation and entertainment.

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