THE DIRT



While the U.S. interior department sees the great value of restoring rivers, preserving “landscapes of historic national significance,” and expanding urban parks, there’s a new focus on justifying the money that goes into conservation and park projects by citing jobs numbers. In a speech at Greater & Greener: Reimagining Parks for 21st Century Cities, a conference in New York City, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said national park and recreation jobs now total 9 million in the U.S. Of those numbers, fishing, hunting, and boating take up 6.5 million. However, he noted that consulting firm McKinsey & Co has estimated 14 million jobs could come from the parks and recreation field; it remains an untapped opportunity.

Salazar made the economic case for increasing investment in urban parks, too, arguing that the most economically vibrant cities are those with the greatest parks. As an example, he pointed to the $350 million river and park restoration projects in San Antonio that will expand…

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I am Rashid Aziz Faridi ,Writer, Teacher and a Voracious Reader.
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