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Recreation-based tourism on our protected public lands helps make our state a popular destination. From families on fishing vacations to businesses that relocate to Colorado for our outstanding quality of life, it is the proximity of these recreational opportunities that adds so much value to the Colorado experience. With growing numbers of people taking up outdoor recreational activities, it is ever more important that we preserve the special places that make our lifestyle and tourism industry possible.
Coloradans in the Outdoors
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Recreation and the Economy
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Public Lands, Recreation, and Healthy Economies
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1 Outdoor Industry Association, 2004
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3 Ibid. (sample size=1001)
4 Cordell, Ken, et al, “Outdoor Recreation Participation Trends”, 1999. Pg. 239.
5 Colorado Tourism Office
Parks Division of the Colorado
7 2003, Outdoor Industry Association.
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9 Alward, G. et al., 2003. Evaluating the economic significance of the USDA Forest Service strategic plan (2000 revision): Methods and results for programmatic evaluations. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service Inventory and Monitoring Report No. 6. 45 p.
10 Park, T. 2001. “The Economic Impact of the Proposed Maine Woods National Park and Preserve.” RESTORE: The North Woods. Hallowell, ME
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