05 Dec '11, 2pm

100+ economists say Nat'l Parks help the economy, urge more parks & improvements for existing ones.

100+ economists say Nat'l Parks help the economy, urge more parks & improvements for existing ones.

George Frey for The New York Times Visitors at Arches National Park outside Moab, Utah. Challenging the notion that protecting public land locks it up, more than 100 economists, including three Nobel laureates, are calling on the president and Congress to create more parks and other protected preserves in the West as a way to bolster state economies. The economists also urge the creation of something similar to the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps , which built trails and maintained infrastructure in national parks. “We urge you to create jobs and support business by investing in our public lands infrastructure and establishing new protected areas such as parks, wilderness and monuments,” they wrote in a letter. Such areas “attract innovative companies and workers, and are an essential component of the region’s competitive advantage,” they added. The drafting of ...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/05/are-parks-a-boo...

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