National Park Service Announces Increase in Entrance Fees

14 Abril, 2018, 02:52 | Author: Gregg Anderson
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          National Park fees going up        Starting this summer most seven-day vehicle passes to enter national parks will increase by $5

- The Interior Department is increasing fees at the most popular national parks to $35 per vehicle, backing down from an earlier plan that would have forced visitors to pay $70 per vehicle to visit the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and other iconic parks. Entrance fees during peak season, which varies but is May 1 to September 30 for most parks, were expected to rise to $70 per private, commercial vehicles, $50 per motorcycles, and $30 per person on bike or foot.

Significantly more than twothirds of federal parks will stay absolutely free to input, and also the new charges go in effect on June 1, " said.

Rocky Mountain National Park has had an entrance fee since 1939.

Federal law requires that 80 percent of revenue generated at a national park remains where it is collected.

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park has had an entrance fee since 1987.

"Every dollar spent to rebuild our parks will help bolster the gateway communities that rely on park visitation for economic vitality", Zinke said. It seems the NPS heard what people will saying.

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A plan announced today sets a $5 increase across most entrance fees for iconic parks such as Yellowstone, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Mount Rainier and Grand Teton parks, among others. The $11.6 billion maintenance backlog isn't going to be solved overnight and will require a multi-tiered approach as we work to provide badly needed revenue to fix infrastructure.

The National Parks Conservation Association, a nonprofit group that opposed the original $70 proposal, said Thursday that the "more measured fee increases will put additional funds into enhancing park experiences without threatening visitation or local economies".

In October, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed doubling entry fees at the most popular national parks in 2018. Its critical that the National Park Service take steps to address the maintenance backlog affecting so many of our parks, but making it more costly for American families to visit these public lands wont solve the problem.”.

Entrance fees collected by the National Park Service totaled $199 million in Fiscal Year 2016.

Additional revenue from higher entrance fees at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park - projected to bring in an additional $60 million - will go toward a new roof at Jaggar Museum, the rehabilitation of the Ohia Wing into a cultural museum and archives, and improvements to the park's water system and trails.

Daines said he has introduced legislation to help provide another source of funding for the needed maintenance work. The park is one of 117 in the National Park System that charges an entrance fee.

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