ANNAPOLIS, (Md.) — A study of Maryland state parks found they contribute more than $650 million a year to the state’s economy.

According to the study released Monday, state park visitors spent more than $567 million during trips to state parks, supporting more than 10,000 full-time jobs and generating more than $39 million in taxes.

The study was based on surveys of visitors between May and October 2010.

The study was conducted by the Maryland Office of Tourism Development, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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