Nature Tourism:Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge offers many opportunities to view, photograph, and enjoy wildlife. An estimated 150,000 visitors from Texas, Oklahoma, across the United States, and several foreign countries come here each year to enjoy hiking, fishing, nature programs, youth fishing events, and wildlife observation. Many of these visitors stop in nearby communities to visit local restaurants or fill their tanks with gasoline. Some stay in nearby hotels and visit other local attractions and businesses in the Lake Texoma area including Sherman, Denison, Pottsboro, or Whitesboro. 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 InformationNational 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
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