It’s become a pretty familiar refrain that the future of our region is closely tied to outdoor recreation.
The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, citing federal data, reports that outdoor recreation contributed $13.64 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy, accounted for 152,000 jobs and was 1.6 percent of the state’s GDP.
The most recent county-level data from the state’s Economic Impact of Travel Report shows $124.6 in tourism-related spending in Warren County.
But that number doesn’t tell the whole story.
In 2009, that number totaled $137.7 million and peaked at $194.1 million in 2019. The decline in 2020 is almost assuredly a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.