Interior Backing Away From Steep Fee Hikes at National Parks

April 4, 2018

The Interior Department is moving away from a plan to steeply increase fees at popular national parks in the face of widespread opposition from elected officials and the public.

Excerpt: Zinke announced the fee hike last October, saying it could raise $70 million a year to pay for maintenance projects at the National Park Service. The plan drew immediate resistance from lawmakers and governors of both parties, who said the higher fees could exclude many Americans from enjoying national parks.

Most of the parks affected by the plan are in the West, including Mount Rainier and Olympic parks in Washington state, Rocky Mountain in Colorado and Grand Teton in Wyoming. Acadia National Park in Maine and Shenandoah National Park in Virginia also would be affected.

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