BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ The federal Interior Department says it's a major player in North Dakota's economy.
The department says energy development, tourism and outdoor recreation on land it oversees is a $6.9 billion industry in North Dakota and creates almost 35,000 jobs. The department's agencies include the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service.
The department says people visit federal lands in North Dakota more than 1.4 million times a year.
The statistics are from an economic report for fiscal 2012 released this week. It comes as Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is touring western North Dakota's oil patch and Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Jewell says the state's oil, coal, natural gas and wind energy development is ``ground zero for an `all-of-the-above' energy strategy.'''