Did you know?

 

  • Today there are 155 national forests in 42 states, plus one in Puerto Rico, comprising almost 190 million acres — 8.5 percent of the nation’s total land area.[1]
  • More than 130,000 miles of hiking trails in the U.S. are open to the public through the U.S. Forest Service.[2]
  • More than 4,000 designated campgrounds in the U.S. are operated by the U.S. Forest Service.[2]
  • Recreation is a $646 billion a year industry, compared to the $340 billion spent annually on cars and car parts.[3]
  • Recreation provides 6.1 million jobs to Americans.[3]

 


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References

[1] U.S. Forest Service. About Us. Forest Service History. http://www.fs.fed.us/aboutus/history/ (accessed June 5, 2013).[2] U.S. Forest Service. Recreation. Programs. Facts. Fact Sheethttp://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/facts/facts_sheet.shtml (accessed June 7, 2013).[3] Outdoor Industry Association. Research. Outdoor Recreation Economy. Recreation Economy Resources. National Report. 2012 Outdoor Recreation Economy Report. http://www.outdoorindustry.org/advocacy/recreation/resources.php (accessed June 12, 2013)

This information and more can be found on http://www.americanforests.org

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