VOICES Ideas and Insight From Explorers
By Matt Zajechowski
I wanted to create a visual resource that showcased the true economic value of the U.S. National Parks system, looking beyond just the value of the land itself. My graphic, which coincides with the NPS celebrating its centennial in August, is a fascinating way to explore just how much of a treasure the parks are for America in terms of asset value, jobs supported and visitor spending. And it’s fun to make comparisons from state to state.