Activities on Interior Department-managed land in Colorado contributed $7.4B to state’s GDP last year By Derek Draplin, The Center Square October 29, 2020 - 3:30 PM | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Activities on Interior Department-managed land in Colorado contributed $7.4B to state’s GDP last year By Derek Draplin, The Center Square October 29, 2020 - 3:30 PM

Colorado’s economy received a boost last year from activities that took place on lands managed by the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI), according to the federal government.

The DOI this week released its report on economic activity for 2019, which found various activities on federal lands in Colorado contributed $7.4 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP), $11.4 billion in economic output, and supported over 62,400 jobs.

Among the activities that take place on DOI lands are recreation, energy and mineral development, livestock grazing, and timber production.

More than 9 million of Colorado’s 24 million acres of federal land is managed by DOI agencies, according to Congressional Research Service data. The DOI includes U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFW), the National Park Service (NPS), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which is headquartered in Grand Junction.

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