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 has recently extended the comment period and is now accepting public comments on this proposal until December 22, 2017. Please tell the Department of Interior that you oppose the fee increases.
Please consider these points when submitting your comments:
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.