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Report looks at wildlife refuge economic benefits

Published 10:32am Thursday, November 7, 2013

WINONA — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is a boon to the regional economy.

The service says the refuge generated over $161 million in economic benefits for a 19-county area in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois in 2011. The benefits from visitor spending tied to recreation on the refuge include retail sales, taxes and job income.

The agency’s report, Banking on Nature, also says the Upper Mississippi refuge returned nearly $46 for every $1 appropriated.

 


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