1:33pm

Thu September 15, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Expanding Mammoth Cave's Impact

Mammoth Cave National Park has a $62 million annual influence on the area’s economy, a number that could be even greater with a renewed emphasis on its designation as an International Biosphere Reserve. About 500,000 visitors come each year to the park, spending $32 million. That, coupled with an annual income of $11 million for the 525 local jobs that are created and $19 million from the ripple effect, adds up to those benefits, according to park Assistant Superintendent Bruce Powell. But that return could be greater if further tourism develops as a result of the cooperation among the park and six counties near the park: Edmonson, Barren, Hart, Warren, Butler and Metcalfe counties.