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National Parks Service report: Redwood National and State Parks good for local economy

Millions of dollars has been poured into the local economy, thanks to the redwoods.

Dave Murphy lives in San Francisco and is enjoying a four day trip to the north coast to see redwood national and state parks.  He’s staying in Trinidad, and supports local businesses during his vacation.

"We have a nice breakfast in the bed and breakfast obviously.  And then we just hit the road and decide we'll stop somewhere for lunch or stop somewhere for dinner, we're all good!" said Murphy.

But park rangers say every day, there are park visitors from places much further than the Bay Area.

"Certainly, Germany is a high visitation.  We're seeing visitation from Japan.  Countries that you wouldn't expect, like Russia. There seems to be an increasing visitation from Russia as well as some of the other European countries," said Denny.

Now, a new report by the National Park Service reveals more than 330,000 people from out of the area visited Redwood National and State Parks in 2012.

"The hotel industry benefits from that. Certainly the more people you have coming through here, the more hotel beds you need to have.  Restaurants, gas stations, outdoor outfitters, folks who are looking to rent kayaks or bikes in the area can also benefit," Denny said.

Adding up to more than $23 million being spent in the local economy in 2012.

"Redwood national and state parks is one of those classic drive through parks in many senses.  Most of our visitors are coming up U.S. 101 or heading south on U.S. 101.  So they're driving through Eureka, Fortuna, Arcata, Orick, Klamath and Crescent City," said Denny.

Redwood National and State Parks span more than 130,000 acres.  An estimated 250 jobs on the North Coast are a direct result of park visitation.

Using natural beauty to support economic growth.