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California moves to block national park fee increases

California moves to block national park fee increases

The original comment deadline was November 23.

The agency proposed a $70 fee for each private, noncommercial vehicle, up from the current fares of $25 to $30. That's almost triple the current rate for some parks. 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.

Ever since Reagan and Bush the budget for the National Park Service has been cut and the fees have been increased.

If the fees are approved, the NPS estimates the increase could generate as much as $70 million.

But several Estes Park business owners, as well as Sens. The letter said, "as a legal matter", the National Park Service "has not offered a reasoned explanation for its proposed fee increases and its actions are inconsistent with the laws that govern our national park system".




The National Park Service will give people an extra month to comment on a proposal to increase park entrance fees. "American families should not be forced to pay today for what Congress and the administration have failed to do".

Rep. Jared Polis, who is also running for Colorado governor in 2018, released a statement on Tuesday saying that the propose fee increase is "outrageous and is a back door effort to cut us off from our public lands".

Overall, there are 59 sites that included "National Park" in their name. "I encourage all Montanans to weigh in and make their voices heard".

The comment period was about to expire, but U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) called on the National Park Service to grant a 30-day extension for people to have input on the plan. He and other attorneys general from states affected by proposed increases, including Arizona, Oregon and Washington, said if adopted, the move would further exacerbate funding shortfalls by reducing park visitation. Becerra continued, "In particular, this proposal would disproportionately impact modest-income families that are already underrepresented among national park visitors. President Trump and Secretary Zinke must abandon this plan".