Ever wonder how much cash your local trout stream contributes to the economy? Well, if you're like me and your local river is the Henry's Fork, the answer is out there. A couple of years ago, several groups got together to comission a study that was conducted by Colordao State University and Idaho State University in an attempt to put a dollar figure on the value of the Henry's Fork, the South Fork, and the Snake River near Jackson Hole. Their findings concluded that the Henry's Fork alone has an economic value of just under $45 million, while the South Fork fishery has an econmic value of approximately $26 million. Needless to say, that is some serious scratch. Additionally, the two rivers are responsible for more than 1,200 fishing and boating related jobs in the area. Such data is important when trying to protect a fishery from development.
So the next time you need an excuse to go fishing (as if you ever need an excuse), just remember that every time you hit the river, you are contributing to the local economy.