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      Lowcountry national parks create millions in economic benefit

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- National parks in the Lowcountry created more than $47 million in economic benefit in 2012, according to a National Park Service report.

      According to the report, 886,341 visitors to Fort Sumter National Monument and Charles Pinckney National Historic Site spent $47,694,900 in 2012.

      "Fort Sumter National Monument and Charles PinckneyNational Historic Site are proud to welcome visitors from across the countryand around the world," said Superintendent Tim Stone. "We are delighted toshare the story of these places and the experiences they provide and to use theparks as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and allthat it offers."

      The report also shows the parks supported 684 jobs in the local economy.

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