Fwd: Travel Pool Report #5b - Cavern Visit, background from the WH

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From: J?r?me CARTILLIER >
Date: June 17, 2016 at 4:21:21 PM MDT
To: "Desiree N. Barnes" >
Subject: Travel Pool Report #5b - Cavern Visit, background from the WH

Background From the White House:

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
Today, the President and First Family are visiting Carlsbad Caverns National Park located in the Guadalupe Mountains of Southeastern New Mexico. First established as a National Monument in 1923 by President Coolidge, the park contains more than 119 caves, three of which are open to the public, and the ecosystem is home to more than 300 species of birds and 19 species of bats. Additionally, the Park includes a cave chamber - the Big Room - that is the fifth largest natural limestone chamber in the world.
President Obama's Conservation Efforts and the Economic Benefits of Public Lands in New Mexico
Since taking office, the President has permanently protected extraordinary landscapes, critical wildlife habitat, cultural treasures and unique geologic and scientific resources in New Mexico with the creation of the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument in 2013 and the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in 2014.
In addition to protecting some of New Mexico's most incredible natural treasures, these national monuments bring significant economic benefits for the local economies in the state. Independent economic studies estimated that the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument will generate more than $7.4 million in additional annual economic activity and double the number of jobs supported by the outdoor recreation and tourism industry in the region, and that the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument could add $15 million annually to the local economy and create 279 jobs.  In less than one year after each designation, visitation to Rio Grande del Norte National Monument increased 40 percent, and over 30 percent of businesses surveyed by the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce have used the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in their promotional and marketing materials.
In addition to those two monuments, all of New Mexico's national parks, forests and other public lands support incredible outdoor recreation opportunities across the state. Industry estimates that outdoor recreation generates more than $6 billion in consumer spending annually in the state, and supports more than 68,000 jobs. New Mexico's 15 National Parks alone attract 1.7 million visitors annually, which generates $97.5 million in visitor spending and brings in more than $100 million in overall state economic benefits every year

Jerome Cartillier
AFP White House Correspondent
Cell : xxx-xxx-xxxx
@jcartillier

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