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N.C.: New Outdoor Recreation Office to lure business to WNC

(Sept. 7, 2017) -- Western North Carolina's mountain biking, hiking, paddle boarding, and even bellyaking are now an economic force to be reckoned with.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Western North Carolina’s mountain biking, hiking, paddle boarding, and even bellyaking are now an economic force to be reckoned with, and with a new state level Outdoor Recreation Recruitment Office, a potentially rich source for the labor market.

Outdoor recreation pursuits from fly-fishing to hiking, snowboarding to paddle boarding and bird-watching to bellyaking, are now part of business big enough to catch and reel in the attention of state and federal governments, and produce money that splashes to the tune of $28 billion a year in economic impact a year in North Carolina.

Read the full story from Citizen Times.

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

One comment

  1. Sadly, NC pushes recreational salt water fishing to other states. Recreational saltwater fishing in NC has been going down hill for decades with the assistance of the legislature.

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