WASHINGTON – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) released a new economic
analysis highlighting the impact of coastal and private lands restoration on local economies. 
Among the key findings, for every $1 invested in local projects by the USFWS Coastal Program,$6.86 is leveraged from local and private partners which created $12.78 in economic returns.For fiscal year 2011:
  • Coastal Program directly invested $2.8 million in projects, leveraging that amount with more than $16 million in spending from partners, totaling $19.2 million in project funds
  • Project funds spent cycled through the local economy, resulting in $35.6 million in local economic stimulus.
  • 473 jobs created from the Coastal Program in just one year.
"Investing in the restoration of estuaries provides many benefits for America—they are the heart and soul of our environment and economy and are significant for sustaining our nation’s fisheries,” said Jeff Benoit, President and CEO of Restore America’s Estuaries. “This analysis shows that coastal habitat restoration is not just good for the environment but an important part of our nation’s economic recovery.”
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