17 March 2014
Every New Hampshire resident knows that fall foliage is a major tourist attraction for the state, but how much revenue does it and other forest-based economic activities actually pull in?
According to a 2013 study conducted by the New Hampshire-based North East State Foresters Association and the Northern Forest Center, also headquartered in the Granite State, leaf-peeping accounts for nearly half, or 47 percent, of the $1.4 billion that New Hampshire rakes in annually from the forest-based recreation economy.
According to the report, all forest-based industries contribute $3.8 billion to New Hampshire’s economy.
As for the $1.4 billion in recreation-related activities, they include by wildlife watching, downhill skiing, camping, hiking, snowmobiling, hunting and cross-country skiing, respectively.
As a result of these recreational activities, nearly 10,900 jobs were generated or maintained in the state, the report said.
Read more in the New Hampshire Business Review