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Sponsored by: National Parks Conservation Association

The Trump administration is proposing massive fee increases in 17 national parks — increases that could see entrance fees almost jump from $25 to $70. And while the administration claims this fee hike will help address the growing maintenance needs in our parks, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke estimates that the new fees could raise just a tiny fraction of the current $11.3 billion maintenance backlog!

Our parks and the American people deserve better.

Please sign our petition today to tell the Administration to work with Congress to come up with long-term, meaningful solutions to the national parks maintenance backlog that don't put the burden on American families.

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I do not support the drastic proposed fee increases at 17 national parks because it will make these places — protected for all Americans to experience — unaffordable for many American families to visit.

The solution to the parks' repair needs should fall to Congress, and cannot and should not be shouldered by its visitors. The National Park Service Legacy Act is a bill pending in Congress that addresses the National Park Service maintenance backlog and it deserves the Department of the Interior’'s support. This bipartisan legislation would provide a more substantial — and sustainable — investment in our parks.

Proposed fee increases at each park should be evaluated at the local level with abundant opportunity for public input to determine the proposed uses of fee increases. Potential impacts on park visitation and gateway communities should also be examined.

If done appropriately, fees could be a part of the solution to address the $11.3 billion National Park Service backlog. However, given the scale of the backlog, increasing fees alone cannot be the answer to this enormous challenge.

Thank you for considering my comments.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Apr 24, 2018 Glenn Nappi
Apr 24, 2018 Rebecca Ross
Apr 24, 2018 Terry Pitt
Apr 24, 2018 Dana Evans
Apr 24, 2018 K Boyd
Apr 24, 2018 Carol McDonald
Apr 23, 2018 Mirna Irwin
Apr 23, 2018 Sophie Benger
Apr 23, 2018 jennifer anderson
Apr 23, 2018 Carolyn Denton $25 - $70 is too much of an increase all at one. Many people can't afford it and won't go. Doing gradual increases would be more acceptable.
Apr 23, 2018 bev boykan
Apr 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2018 DELORES KRIEGER
Apr 23, 2018 Susan Greco
Apr 23, 2018 Tina Rendon
Apr 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2018 Lise Witter
Apr 21, 2018 Bettina Lorenz
Apr 21, 2018 Teresa Powers
Apr 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2018 M Joan Hutton
Apr 20, 2018 Debra Herst
Apr 20, 2018 Jane Spini
Apr 20, 2018 Mary Sharp
Apr 20, 2018 Jack Wenger
Apr 20, 2018 Elisenda Ponsa
Apr 19, 2018 lynn noe
Apr 19, 2018 Lin Clarke
Apr 19, 2018 Virginia Boehne
Apr 19, 2018 Eli Celli
Apr 19, 2018 Peter Menham
Apr 19, 2018 Yvonne McMahon
Apr 19, 2018 Andries Grobbelaar
Apr 19, 2018 Troy & Cindy Hansen
Apr 19, 2018 Lisa Sherman
Apr 19, 2018 randi voye
Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2018 Christy Schauf
Apr 18, 2018 Peter C Krebs
Apr 18, 2018 Teresa Brooks
Apr 18, 2018 Linda Gordon This our land and it should not become a money-making venture for ANYONE ! Please leave us SOMETHING to enjoy.
Apr 18, 2018 Sandra Wanamaker
Apr 17, 2018 Karla Lagos
Apr 17, 2018 Joanne Howard
Apr 14, 2018 Juanita Bittle
Apr 10, 2018 Elizabeth Wolff
Apr 10, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Apr 10, 2018 Brian Reynolds
Apr 10, 2018 Shawnda Drennen-Schwartz
Apr 8, 2018 Kathy Clements Careful consideration of each park's needs and with thorough public input on a park by park basis is a much more sensible policy. The Federal government needs to be charged with maintaining appropriate funding to maintain our national treasures.

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