In 2020, Lander, Wyoming experienced an influx of visitors as people sought outdoor activities in less populated areas. The Wind River mountains attracted many outdoor enthusiasts due to their scenic beauty and various outdoor activities.
The growth of the outdoor recreation sector has been significant across the United States since the start of the pandemic. New data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis shows that this sector contributed over $1 trillion in economic output in 2022, making it a crucial force in the economy, representing 2.2% of the national GDP.
Despite its potential for local economies, many rely on public lands managed by federal workers. Concerns have been raised about a government shutdown’s impact on these areas, which could significantly affect mountain towns like Lander.
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