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Old October 25th, 2017, 12:06 PM   #1
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Our National Parks: Fees going up??

I don't know about you but our family loves our national parks. We have visited so many of them, particularly when our kids were young. Of course my personal favorite is the Grand Canyon. For over 100 years, Presidents of both parties have used their power to create and preserve our national parks but......

Our national parks have suffered in recent years due to underfunding, so it comes as no surprise that our parks may have to dramatically raise their fees.
We may have to pay as much as $70 to visit the Grand Canyon and 16 other national parks.

(CNN) — The National Park Service proposes more than doubling the entrance fees at 17 popular national parks, including Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone, to help pay for infrastructure improvements.
Under the agency's proposal, the entrance fee for a private vehicle would jump to $70 during peak season, from its current rate of $25 to $30.
The cost for a motorcycle entering the park could increase to $50, from the current fee of $15 to $25. The cost for people entering the park on foot or on bike could go to $30, up from the current rate of $10 to $15.
The cost of the annual pass, which permits entrance into all federal lands and parks, would remain at $80.

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National parks price hike: You may have to pay $70 to visit | CNN Travel
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Old October 25th, 2017, 12:14 PM   #2
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I don't know about you but our family loves our national parks. We have visited so many of them, particularly when our kids were young. Of course my personal favorite is the Grand Canyon. For over 100 years, Presidents of both parties have used their power to create and preserve our national parks but......

Our national parks have suffered in recent years due to underfunding, so it comes as no surprise that our parks may have to dramatically raise their fees.
We may have to pay as much as $70 to visit the Grand Canyon and 16 other national parks.

(CNN) — The National Park Service proposes more than doubling the entrance fees at 17 popular national parks, including Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone, to help pay for infrastructure improvements.
Under the agency's proposal, the entrance fee for a private vehicle would jump to $70 during peak season, from its current rate of $25 to $30.
The cost for a motorcycle entering the park could increase to $50, from the current fee of $15 to $25. The cost for people entering the park on foot or on bike could go to $30, up from the current rate of $10 to $15.
The cost of the annual pass, which permits entrance into all federal lands and parks, would remain at $80.

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National parks price hike: You may have to pay $70 to visit | CNN Travel
The seniors annual pass was $10 until the end of August. I tried to get one, the website was hammered, and I forgot.

An annual pass is the way to go.
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The decrease in hunting and the revenue that goes with it possibly a reason?
States control hunting and set hunting fees on federal land.
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I don't know about you but our family loves our national parks. We have visited so many of them, particularly when our kids were young. Of course my personal favorite is the Grand Canyon. For over 100 years, Presidents of both parties have used their power to create and preserve our national parks but......

Our national parks have suffered in recent years due to underfunding, so it comes as no surprise that our parks may have to dramatically raise their fees.
We may have to pay as much as $70 to visit the Grand Canyon and 16 other national parks.

(CNN) — The National Park Service proposes more than doubling the entrance fees at 17 popular national parks, including Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone, to help pay for infrastructure improvements.
Under the agency's proposal, the entrance fee for a private vehicle would jump to $70 during peak season, from its current rate of $25 to $30.
The cost for a motorcycle entering the park could increase to $50, from the current fee of $15 to $25. The cost for people entering the park on foot or on bike could go to $30, up from the current rate of $10 to $15.
The cost of the annual pass, which permits entrance into all federal lands and parks, would remain at $80.

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National parks price hike: You may have to pay $70 to visit | CNN Travel
I paid $40 for dinner for two and then $60 to go zombie hunting the other night. Then we had so much fun I paid another $40 for a second go at the zombies. Total for the evening not including gas was $140

$70 for a CAR LOAD of people to spend all day or more at a national park ??

Seems a bargain. Especially if it keeps that parks open. I'd rather pay higher fees that have Trump let loggers and land developers start killing off the parks.
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What decrease in hunting?
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You have federal waterfowl stamps, you have the Pitman-Robertson act. All of which is virtually all funded from hunting. Seems to me that hunters have been funding quite a bit of the outdoor parks and lands, maybe I am wrong
The Pittman–Robertson Act took over a pre-existing 11% excise tax on firearms and ammunition. Instead of going into the U.S. Treasury as it had done in the past, the money is kept separate and is given to the Secretary of the Interior to distribute to the States. -- wiki

The Federal Duck Stamp, formally known as the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, is an adhesive stamp issued by the United States federal government that must be purchased prior to hunting for migratory waterfowl such as ducks and geese. -- wiki

Hunting is robust where I live.

At any rate, hunting isn't ongoing in National Parks. I'd be surprised if any monies collected by the NPS found their way into management schemes on other federal lands.
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Dressing a duck or turkey or goose is a smelly pain in the ass!!!
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