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Evers’ Budget Proposes Significant Investment To Address Climate Change, Protect Public Lands

Dallman argues public lands are vital to the state’s $24 billion forest economy and outdoor recreation economy, which contributes $7.8 billion each year. He added that every acre protected in the state provides a $3,000 return to the state’s overall economy, according to research from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The program costs nearly $20 per person each year.