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Posted by: thepinetree on 10/25/2017 09:15 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 10/25/2017 09:15 AM
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Yosemite on List of National Parks Seeking $70 Peak Season Entrance Fee

Yosemite, CA...As part of its commitment to improve the visitor experience and ensure America’s national parks are protected in perpetuity, the National Park Service (NPS) is considering increases to fees at highly visited national parks during peak visitor seasons. Proposed peak season entrance fees and revised fees for road-based commercial tours would generate badly needed revenue for improvements to the aging infrastructure of national parks. This includes roads, bridges, campgrounds, waterlines, bathrooms, and other visitor services.





“The infrastructure of our national parks is aging and in need of renovation and restoration,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “Targeted fee increases at some of our most-visited parks will help ensure that they are protected and preserved in perpetuity and that visitors enjoy a world-class experience that mirrors the amazing destinations they are visiting. We need to have the vision to look at the future of our parks and take action in order to ensure that our grandkids' grandkids will have the same if not better experience than we have today. Shoring up our parks' aging infrastructure will do that.”

Under the proposal, peak-season entrance fees would be established at 17 national parks. The peak season for each park would be defined as its busiest contiguous five-month period of visitation.

The proposed new fee structure would be implemented at Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Denali, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Olympic, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion National Parks with peak season starting on May 1, 2018; in Acadia, Mount Rainier, Rocky Mountain, and Shenandoah National Parks with peak season starting on June 1, 2018; and in Joshua Tree National Park as soon as practicable in 2018.

A public comment period on the peak-season entrance fee proposal will be open from October 24, 2017 to November 23, 2017, on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website https://parkplanning.nps.gov/proposedpeakseasonfeerates. Written comments can be sent to 1849 C Street, NW, Mail Stop: 2346 Washington, DC 20240.

If implemented, estimates suggest that the peak-season price structure could increase national park revenue by $70 million per year. That is a 34 percent increase over the $200 million collected in Fiscal Year 2016. Under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, 80% of an entrance fee remains in the park where it is collected. The other 20% is spent on projects in other national parks.

During the peak season at each park, the entrance fee would be $70 per private, non-commercial vehicle, $50 per motorcycle, and $30 per person on bike or foot. A park-specific annual pass for any of the 17 parks would be available for $75.

The cost of the annual America the Beautiful- The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, which provides entrance to all federal lands, including parks for a one-year period, would remain $80. Entrance fees are not charged to visitors under 16 years of age or holders of Senior, Military, Access, Volunteer, or Every Kid in a Park (EKIP) passes. The majority of national parks will remain free to enter; only 118 of 417 park sites charge an entrance fee, and the current proposal only raises fees at 17 fee-charging parks

The National Park Service is also proposing entry and permit fee adjustments for commercial tour operators. The proposal would increase entry fees for commercial operators and standardize commercial use authorization (CUA) requirements for road-based commercial tours, including application and management fees. All CUA fees stay within the collecting park and would fund rehabilitation projects for buildings, facilities, parking lots, roads, and wayside exhibits that would enhance the visitor experience. The fees will also cover the administrative costs of receiving, reviewing, and processing CUA applications and required reports.

In addition, the proposal would include a peak-season commercial entry fee structure for the 17 national parks referenced above. All proposed fee adjustments for commercial operators would go into effect following an 18-month implementation window.

Information and a forum for public comments regarding commercial permit requirements and fees is available October 24, 2017 to November 23, 2017 on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/commercialtourrequirements. Written comments can be sent to National Park Service, Recreation Fee Program, 1849 C Street, NW, Mail Stop: 2346 Washington, DC 20240.


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About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-10-25 10:05:54   By: Anonymous
 
That's a big rip-off.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-10-25 11:06:59   By: Anonymous
     
    Unbelievable. Maybe we should put up toll gates on our hwy's for anyone coming up here. Residence can get a fastpass, no charge.

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      Posted on: 2017-10-25 16:33:39   By: Anonymous
       
      The toll gates and resident fast pass is a good idea.
      Touristas can show their RNC card and get in for twenty dollars, DNC card holders get excluded, VAMONOS VAGOS!!

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    Re: Call It What It Is.
    Posted on: 2017-10-25 12:05:05   By: Anonymous
     
    The National Park Service is out of touch with reality.

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Yosemite fee
Posted on: 2017-10-25 15:26:10   By: Anonymous
 
Thanks, Donnie!

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World travel
Posted on: 2017-10-25 16:12:17   By: Anonymous
 
Anyone who's done much world travel knows that there is one rate for its
citizen taxpayers and another for foreigners who don't pay taxes to support their parks and museums.

Why doesn't the U.S. have such a system?

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    Re: World travel
    Posted on: 2017-10-25 16:29:11   By: Anonymous
     
    The NPS DOES have that system. Buy an annual pass for eighty bucks and clam up.

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      Re: World travel
      Posted on: 2017-10-26 06:00:35   By: Anonymous
       
      Their prices are the same for citizens and non-citizens

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        Re: World travel
        Posted on: 2017-10-26 10:52:26   By: Anonymous
         
        According to California's Democrat Legislature; what's the difference?

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    Re: World travel
    Posted on: 2017-10-25 16:29:16   By: Anonymous
     
    Gov Brown would never go for that in Ca. He would charge the citizens and give foreigners and illegals free run of the parks.

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      Re: Truth Prevails
      Posted on: 2017-10-25 20:52:14   By: Anonymous
       
      Good Point....

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-10-25 17:48:02   By: Anonymous
 
Goood looord that's a lot of money! How bout' I give you $5 and you just let me get my socks dirty?

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-10-27 14:49:23   By: Anonymous
 
My last visit to the park was in October, there we're more non-citizen's probably 10 to 1, felt like I was in Asia! Charge the foreign visitor that rate, they are there in the first place because they are considered wealthy in their home countries! Screwing the taxpayers so Asians can overrun the place is ridiculous!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-10-27 15:30:35   By: Anonymous
     
    You Lacist!

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