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A 2002 study prepared for the state Department of Parks and Recreation found that for every $1 that funds the parks, $2.35 is returned to the state's general fund, primarily from sales and income taxes on the travel and tourism industry. The study found that park visitors generate more than $6.5 billion in new sales for private businesses around state parks yearly (including the multiplier effect of those sales) as a result of visitor spending.
 

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There's also an article in AAA's monthly magazine, Via, about funding problems of state parks in many western states. They mention that entry fees at California state parks only amount to $40 million last year. That works out to $1 apiece per year for every person in the state.
 

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Closing the parks to save a little bit of money sounds like a seriously dumb/desperate move (penny-wise, pound-foolish). The economy is depressed and that usually translates into people staying local for recreation and vacations. We've got 36+ million people in this state and it's renown as a recreational playground so it draws in people from all over the world.

It could seriously hurt smaller, lesser tourist areas. For example, what would happen to Downieville if the Forest Service closed the trails out there? If it wasn't for the hiking, biking, dirt biking/moto-x, how big of a hit would they take?
 
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