The U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station has published a report detailing the most popular recreation pursuits on federal land and how much recreation contributes to the nation’s economy.

Among the findings:

• “Play” and leisure on federal lands is a significant contributor to economic activity in the United States. The combined economic activity from recreation on national forests and grasslands is the key economic impact created by the agency, far surpassing that of timber, grazing and mining.

• Although there is recent attention on specialized and “new” recreation activities, like mountaineering and geocaching, simple activities like hiking, walking and viewing wildlife are currently and by far the most common outdoor recreation activities and are projected to remain so in the future.

• Future growth is projected for most recreation activities between 2008 and 2030.

You can read the report at