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STARKVILLE, Miss. – (WCBI) From timber to farming, the south is known for capitalizing on natural resources. As one wildlife expert explained to forestry students at Mississippi State Tuesday, preserved land can also boost the economy.

Jon Jarvis is the Director of National Park Services, and is in charge of 400 national parks across America. Jarvis says that for some local economies, money really does grow on trees.

“We operate parks across the country that are vital to local economies and tourism and any budgetary decline will have the potential to have an impact on our operation and particularly in the summer when the peak of visitation to our great National Park system.” says Jarvis.

Jarvis will soon head to Washington D.C, where he will oversee one thousand park rangers as they participate in next week’s Presidential Inauguration.

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