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Fossil Butte brings in $1 million in visitor spending


“Visitors to Fossil Butte National Monument spent more than $1 million last year in communities close to the park, a new federal report says.

That amount helped fund 13 jobs in the area and boosted the local economy by about $1 million, the National Park Service study found. The monument welcomed more than 20,000 visitors in 2016.

The national monument, in the Fossil Basin, is known around the world for its array of well-preserved and articulated fossils. That means that bones are in place rather than scattered across the land. Fossils from the basin have found their way to museums around the world, the NPS website says.

“Fossil Butte National Monument welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” Superintendent Angela Wetz said in a news release. “We are pleased to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides. We display some of the best preserved fossils in the world found in the flat-topped ridges of this cold sagebrush desert. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning more than $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service, and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back to our local communities.”” (…) READ MORE

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Lurdes Fonseca

Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)