A study done for the National Park Service finds that tourism at Mount Rainier contributed nearly $58 million to the local economy, including direct spending of more than $45 million.
The report says the spending supported almost 600 jobs in the area, not including the employment of park staff or concessionaires. Mount Rainier National Park had about 100 permanent staff and 175 seasonal jobs.
The economic impact of the park could be even more this year. Due to unseasonably warm spring and low snowpack, visitation is up by 50 percent over this period in 2014.
The analysis of Mount Rainier National Park’s economic impact was part of a peer-reviewed visitor spending study conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists.
Deputy park superintendent Tracy Swartout says Rainier remains a touchstone for that connects Pacific Northwest visitors and residents to the land.
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