Our National Parks are important. And Headwaters Economics, an organization dedicated to conservation, knows there’s no better way to prove this than with data.
The non-profit think tank advocates the benefits of land preservation by using economic data from communities near national monuments and parks. Their research regularly reaches federal, state, and local policymakers, and was periodically cited by President Obama as he enacted a record-high number of actions for land conservation.
This visualization, for example, showcases the immediate benefits of national parks to surround communities in every state, including visitor spending and jobs created.