On January 12, 2011, SeaDoc's Chief Scientist, Joe Gaydos, went down to Olympia to address the Washington State Senate Natural Resources and Marine Waters Committee.
His basic message: Our natural resources translate directly into money for Washington State.
- 47% of Washington residents participate in wildlife watching.
- Watchable wildlife accounts for a total economic output of $1.78 billion.
- Watchable wildlife generates or maintains nearly 22,000 jobs.
To put that in perspective, 22,000 jobs is just slightly less than Boeing, the state's largest employer, and 5 times the number of jobs at the next largest employer, Microsoft.
Joe makes a compelling argument that protecting our natural resources is more than just tree-hugging. It's a requirement for our future economic prosperity.
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