A report released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge as the most profitable of the 16 national refuges studied in Alaska.
The data was collected from October 1, 2010 to September 31, 2011 and revealed over 570,000 visitors to the refuge, generating $113 million. Visitors engaged in camping, hiking, canoeing, wildlife viewing, and wilderness horseback riding.
For every $1 spent on the refuge, it returned $27, a much better ratio that the 1:3 ratio in the Kodiak refuge or 1:5 in the Togiak.
Alaska’s sixteen refuges are part of the National Wildlife Refuge System managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. To find out more about the National Wildlife Refuge System, go to: http://www.fws.gov/refuges/