Contributing to Local Economies
National monuments contribute to the creation of jobs and the strengthening of local economies. According to McKinsey & Company the leisure and hospitality sector is the fifth-largest employer in the U.S. They estimate that this decade as many as 2-3 million jobs could be added in the field.
In total outdoor recreation contributes an estimated $730 billion to the U.S. economy each year, and one in 20 U.S. jobs is in the recreation economy. In 2011, the Department of the Interior alone contributed about $385 billion to the economy, with recreation on Interior-managed lands specifically contributing approximately $49 billion to the economy and supporting over 400,000 jobs.
There are approximately 80,000 visitor days logged each year on the BLM's lands in the San Juan Islands. These lands enhance the quality of life for local communities and the visitors from off the islands provide a significant boost to the local economy.