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Rate Hike Proposed at 17 National Parks Including Acadia

November 9, 2017

Skyrocketing Fees Would Limit America’s Access to Parks and Fails to Address Funding Issues

America’s National Parks are valuable resources we can all be proud of. Unfortunately, the Department of the Interior has just issued a proposal to increase the entrance fees for 17 of the most iconic National Parks: from Acadia National Park in Maine to Sequoia National Park in California.

The National Park Service Needs to Hear From You Today!

AMC believes that our National Parks should be open and accessible to everyone. Our perspective is clearly explained in the AMC Recreation User Fee Policy:  “User fees should not be imposed in a manner that restricts the availability of nature-based recreation to the public at large.” The proposed fee hike is too drastic and could create a serious financial barrier for many families and people who want to enjoy these places.

Acadia National Park, for example, would increase its entry fee from $25 a vehicle to $70 a vehicle during the peak season of June through October. This steep price hike is unacceptable. AMC urges Congress to find a solution to the National Park Service backlog instead of relying on visitors to pay for years of inadequate federal funding. We support the National Park Service Legacy Act which is currently pending in Congress, and if passed would establish dedicated park maintenance funding to put towards the Park Service backlog.

The National Park Service is accepting public comments on this proposal until November 23rd, 2017. Please tell the Department of Interior that you oppose the fee increases.

Please consider these points when submitting your comments:

  • The National Park Service should not increase park visitor fees at the rates proposed. A modest, incremental increase in rates could be implemented without “pricing out” certain visitors.
  • National Parks are protected for all Americans to experience and enjoy. This dramatic price hike will make visits to these special places unaffordable for many Americans.
  • Congress must act to address the National Park Service maintenance backlog, not just rely on visitor fees. The National Park Service Legacy Act is one bipartisan solution that if passed would provide additional funding for our parks.
  • These increases will have dramatic effects on the communities and regions around the parks. Deterring visitation to these parks will negatively impact their tourism economy and potential.

AMC encourages you to send any comments you submit to NPS to your Members of Congress as well, by cutting and pasting your comments into your Members’ website contact page.

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Kaitlyn Bernard

As the Maine Policy Manager, Kaitlyn Bernard tracks AMC’s key policy issues at the state and federal level. Her current policy priorities include the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), Maine’s stateside conservation fund the Land for Maine’s Future program, and wind power siting.