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Smokey&BlueGoose_512x219Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge supports surrounding communities in many ways.

Nature Tourism:
Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge offers some of excellent opportunities to see and enjoy wildlife. Visitors from across the United States and several foreign countries come here to enjoy the many nature trails and scenic views. Many of these visitors stop in nearby communities to fill their tanks with gasoline or eat a good meal and some stay in nearby hotels. The refuge promotes surrounding communities and encourages visitors to enjoy the many services and opportunities offered nearby.

Home Values:
A national study conducted in 2012 shows that owning a home near a national wildlife refuge increases home values and helps support the surrounding community’s tax base. According to the study, homes located within half a mile of a refuge and within eight miles of an urban center were found to have higher home values. This report is the first national study to analyze national wildlife refuges’ impact on land values.

Helpful Information
National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife Associated Recreation (2012)
Wildlife Watching in the U.S.: The Economic Impacts of National and State Economies in 2006 

Last Updated: Aug 17, 2012
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