State’s Parks Seen As Billion-Dollar Boon

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut officials say a new analysis finds that outdoor activities in the state’s parks and forests have an economic impact of more than $1 billion yearly.

Commissioners from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Department of Economic and Community Development released the findings Friday.

The study reviewed the state’s economic benefits from visits to state parks and forests, hunting and fishing, boating and other recreational activities on that property.

It says more than 9,000 private sector jobs result from supporting outdoor pursuits, and that the parks and forests boost property values of adjacent land.

The commissioners were joined Friday by forest and park advocacy group members and the director of the Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis at the University of Connecticut. That research center conducted the study.

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