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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


Jan 22, 2018 Jan Wachholz
Jan 22, 2018 Alexis Williams
Jan 21, 2018 Stephanie Dejou
Jan 21, 2018 ANNA BARRANCO
Jan 21, 2018 Ana Teresa Monteiro
Jan 20, 2018 SUSAN MILLER
Jan 20, 2018 Lisa Klein
Jan 20, 2018 Calle Ries
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Jan 19, 2018 Tricia Kaplan
Jan 18, 2018 C L Tenebruso
Jan 18, 2018 Irina Lamadrid
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Jan 18, 2018 ELENI DIAMANTI
Jan 18, 2018 amrita biswas
Jan 17, 2018 Suzette Snodderley
Jan 17, 2018 Desiree Bayross
Jan 17, 2018 Javier Cerda
Jan 17, 2018 Luciana Barzola
Jan 17, 2018 Carrie Carlson
Jan 16, 2018 suzie stoltz
Jan 16, 2018 Cyndi Fritzler
Jan 16, 2018 Dena Schwimmer
Jan 16, 2018 Anita Hoos
Jan 16, 2018 Katherine Mouzourakis
Jan 16, 2018 Melissa Holt
Jan 16, 2018 patrizia arvati
Jan 15, 2018 Meher Behrana
Jan 15, 2018 Carolyn Edwards-Johnson
Jan 15, 2018 Evseeva Olya
Jan 15, 2018 Emily Nolan
Jan 15, 2018 Shashawna Foland
Jan 14, 2018 Jennifer Pingle
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Jan 13, 2018 Barbara Robinson
Jan 13, 2018 Bonnie Helm How UnAmerican shame on you
Jan 13, 2018 Angela wilson
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Jan 13, 2018 Christine Liff
Jan 13, 2018 Jude Pasqualini
Jan 13, 2018 Abe Zabek
Jan 13, 2018 ELLEN ALLEN
Jan 12, 2018 Julie Martin
Jan 12, 2018 Fritz Graf
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Jan 12, 2018 alexander permjakov
Jan 12, 2018 Mary Faron
Jan 12, 2018 Connie Li
Jan 11, 2018 Marco Parravicini
Jan 11, 2018 Dana Hanbury

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