Outdoor, wildlife enthusiasts boost Ga. Economy

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia
Department of Natural Resources officials say people who spend money on
outdoor recreation in the state have added more than $5.5 billion to its
economy.

Department spokeswoman Melissa Cummings said in a
statement Wednesday that results of a survey showed the number of people
participating in Georgia's outdoor recreational activities has
increased by more than 400,000 since 2006.

Cummings says Georgia's
figures were included in the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting,
and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, which is conducted every five years
by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Cummings
says state and federal organizations use the survey to plan and manage
outdoor and wildlife-related recreation programs.

The department released the findings ahead of National Hunting and Fishing Day, which is Saturday.