Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Backing Interior Away from Steep National Park Fee Hike • Friends of the Earth

Yosemite. Yellowstone. Grand Canyon. Zion. These national parks are iconic symbols of the beauty of the United States, and our dedication to protecting our most beautiful landmarks.  Since their creation in the late 19th century, national parks have become a very big deal—for the U.S., and for the visitors from around the world who love them.
And they’re a big deal for good reason. The National Park Service (NPS) designates and preserves our lands, creates equal access to the outdoors for all Americans, and ensures these natural spaces will exist far into the future-not just for latter generations, but also, for the integrity of the land itself. 
What’s not to like? Maybe paying $70 to take your family on a visit
In October of 2017, NPS proposed a controversial idea: increase the entry fee of the 17 most visited national parks in the U.S., with fees at the most popular parks jumping from $30 to $70. 
The idea of pricing millions of Americans out of visiting these beloved spaces is wholly un-American. Secretary Ryan Zinke’s decision prioritizes money over public access, and further undermines the challenges facing low-income families and individuals. National parks should be for everyone, and affordability should not be a deterrent…

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