Outdoor recreation is good for the body and the soul, but it’s also good for the state’s economy. In Minnesota, according to the Outdoor Recreation Economy Report by the Outdoor Industry Assocation. The industry group’s annual report said that in Minnesota, outdoor recreation generates:
* $11.6 billion in consumer spending.
* 118,000 direct Minnesota jobs.
* $3.4 billion in wages and salaries.
* $815 million in state and local tax revenue.
It’s that time of year, when the winter thaw and refreeze cycle has left potholes seemingly everywhere. But you can enjoy a different kind of pothole this spring and summer at Interstate State Park.
If, like many outdoor enthusiasts, you want to help keep the trails you use in good condition, Friends of BWCA Trails can use you. Through the popular online Meetup program, the Friends group is organizing clearing and maintenance groups for the spring, including cross cut and chain saw certification April 13.
Connect with the Friends group on Meetup to get involved with trail maintenance or just to find hiking partners for trips on what of the country’s great natural assets.