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Posted by: thepinetree on 04/12/2018 08:04 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 04/12/2018 08:06 PM
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National Park Service Announces Plan to Moderately Raise Fees to Address Aging Infrastructure Needs

Washington, DC...As part of its ongoing efforts to address aging park infrastructure and improve the visitor experience, the National Park Service (NPS) announced today changes to the entrance fees charged at national parks. The changes, which come in response to public comments on a fee proposal released in October 2017, will modestly increase entrance fees to raise additional revenue to address the $11.6 billion in deferred maintenance across the system of 417 parks, historic and cultural sites, and monuments.





Most seven-day vehicle passes to enter national parks will be increased by $5 and will be implemented in many parks beginning June 1, 2018. Yosemite National Park for example will increase the price of a seven-day vehicle pass to the park from $30 to $35. More than two-thirds of national parks will remain free to enter. A complete list of park entrance fees may be found here.

All of the revenue from the fee increases will remain in the National Park Service with at least 80 percent of the money staying in the park where it is collected. The funds will be used for projects and activities to improve the experience for visitors who continue to visit parks at unprecedented levels. Increased attendance at parks, 1.5 billion visits in the last five years, means aging park facilities incurring further wear and tear.

“An investment in our parks is an investment in America,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “Every dollar spent to rebuild our parks will help bolster the gateway communities that rely on park visitation for economic vitality. I want to thank the American people who made their voices heard through the public comment process on the original fee proposal. Your input has helped us develop a balanced plan that focuses on modest increases at the 117 fee-charging parks as opposed to larger increases proposed for 17 highly-visited national parks. 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 repair infrastructure. This is just one of the ways we are carrying out our commitment to ensure that national parks remain world class destinations that provide an excellent value for families from all income levels.”

The price of the annual America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass and Lifetime Senior Pass will remain $80.

“Repairing infrastructure is also about access for all Americans,” Secretary Zinke said. “Not all visitors to our parks have the ability to hike with a 30-pound pack and camp in the wilderness miles away from utilities. In order for families with young kids, elderly grandparents, or persons with disabilities to enjoy the parks, we need to rebuild basic infrastructure like roads, trails, lodges, restrooms and visitors centers.”

Fees to enter national parks predate the establishment of the National Park Service in 1916. For example, Mount Rainier National Park began charging an entrance fee in 1908. Factoring in inflation, the $5 entrance fee the park charged in 1914 would be the equivalent of a $123 entrance fee today—more than four times the price of the new seven-day $30 vehicle pass.

Entrance fees collected by the National Park Service totaled $199 million in Fiscal Year 2016.  The NPS estimates that once fully implemented, the new fee structure will increase annual entrance fee revenue by about $60 million.

In addition to implementing modest fee increases and enhancing public-private partnerships aimed at rebuilding national parks, Secretary Zinke is working closely with Congress on proposed bipartisan legislation to use revenue derived from energy produced on federal lands and waters to establish a special fund within the Treasury specifically for “National Park Restoration”. The billfollows the blueprint outlined in Secretary Zinke and President Trump's budget proposal, the Public Lands Infrastructure Fund.
The National Park Service has a standardized entrance fee structure, composed of four groups based on park size and type. Some parks not yet aligned with the other parks in their category will raise their fees incrementally and fully incorporate the new entrance fee schedule by January 1, 2020.

The complete fee schedule will change according to the following:


Fee Structure Adjustment
Seven-Day Vehicle Pass Person Pass Motorcycle Pass Park Specific Annual Pass
Current New Current New Current New Current New
Group 1 $15 $20 $7 $10 $10 $15 $30 $35
Group 2 $20 $25 $10 $15 $15 $20 $40 $45
Group 3 $25 $30 $12 $15 $20 $25 $50 $55
Group 4 $30 $35 $15 $20 $25 $30 $60 $70
 

www.nps.gov

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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Posted on: 2018-04-12 22:12:14   By: Anonymous
 
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! LYING, CHEATING, CROOKED HILLARY!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!


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    Posted on: 2018-04-13 06:20:03   By: Anonymous
     
    I DID NOT HAVE A SEXUAL RELATION WITH THAT WOMAN, MONIKA LEWINSKY!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

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Posted on: 2018-04-13 06:28:35   By: Anonymous
 
Only $5? Coming from the same people who run the USPS that's just the begining.
Just wait until they figure out we need to do a little work in our forest. Gov Brown will probably throw a tax just on the folks who live in the country.

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    Posted on: 2018-04-13 21:07:06   By: Anonymous
     
    Oh, it will get worse as Trump/GOP TAX cuts for the super rich, Trump gets money for his Useless Trump BorderWall. You want to place blame, place it where it belongs.......smack down on Trump/GOP

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Posted on: 2018-04-13 09:52:27   By: Anonymous
 
You go to Yosemite and 95% of the visitors are on tour buses, straight to the fact Asian tourists! Make them pay, they have the money to travel the world, many people living in the Motherlode have never been there, too busy working to pay rent, etc. visitors from other countries have overrun Yosemite and the price gouge gets passed on to 1 day car visitors! This isn't Disneyland where a private corporation raises prices till they kill the market, this is taxpayer owned and maintained!

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