In Montana the BLM oversees about 8 million acres of land, much of which is available for public hunting and fishing. A recent study calculated that all of the wildlife on that acreage generates about $134 million in salaries and wages, and $18 million in state and local taxes.
Putting a value to public lands is important in the ongoing debate about who should manage public lands and their worth to hunters and anglers. To read more about the study, check out my story at MontanaUntamed.com. http://montanauntamed.com/hunting/article_b2da3909-4077-5158-8f55-686c6fdde5a0.html