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The school is gone, a HEB grocery store is now on the premises.

Outdoor economy

Texans opting for outdoor activities during the Memorial Day holiday should feel comfortable about their contribution to the state economy, according to the latest edition of the Texas Comptroller’s Office’s FiscalNotes.

Nature tourism is “travel to natural areas that preserve ecological, social and cultural values ​​while generating economic benefits for the local community,” said Shelly Plante, nature tourism coordinator at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, quoted in the publication.

According to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, outdoor recreation “including support activities such as construction, travel, and government spending” increased Texas’ gross domestic product by $ 35.9 billion in 2019. According to data, this is around 2% of the entire state economy FiscalNotes.

The report notes that on March 31, 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott identified visiting parks, hunting, fishing, and activities such as jogging and biking as “essential services” that should not be compromised during the lockdown as long as precautions were observed.

Despite COVID-19, Texas’s fishing and hunting license revenues rose 4% year over year to $ 106.5 million in 2020, the report said.