Southwick Associates for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
[America’s Voice for Conservation, Recreation and Preservation] An April 2013 study by Southwick Associates, “The Conservation Economy in America: Direct investments and economic contributions” reports that conservation has measurable economic impacts. The study was produced for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to identify the level of impact that these activities have on the U.S. Economy and to serve as the basis for development of an assessment tool in determining the economic and job activity created by the NFWF’s conservation grant investments. This study, combined with economic data on outdoor recreation from the Outdoor Industry Association, and a study from Rutgers University on the economic impacts of historic preservation, demonstrates that these sectors are big business in the US. Together, these sectors generate $1.7 trillion in economic activity, $211 billion in Federal, State and local tax revenue, and support 12.8 million american jobs.