Colorado consumers spend $28 billion annually on outdoor recreation, according to a sneak peek released Tuesday of an economic impact report by the Outdoor Industry Association.

In return, the outdoor recreation industry contributes $2 billion in tax revenue, $9.7 billion in wages and creates an estimated 229,000 jobs in Colorado.

Amy Roberts, executive director of the association, said the numbers aren’t particularly surprising based on Colorado’s continued economic growth and history of public lands support from lawmakers through such programs as Great Outdoors Colorado.

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