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Posted: 10/17/19 09:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The NPS needs to increase user fees.

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Posted: 10/17/19 12:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hopefully the NPS will retain perpetual naming rights and not have a repeat of the Yosemite fiasco.

I am OK with no discounts during peak season. In fact the fees currently for weekends could probably be doubled during peak season. Someone has to pay and best to be the users.


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The NPS is motivated by aesthetics and the visitor experience.
Concessionaires are motivated by profit.
Keep campgrounds in the hands of the Park Service.
INcrease user fees to help pay for maintenance and new RV access.

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Posted: 10/21/19 09:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Maybe I missed it, but has anybody specifically addressed the core problem: NPS's deferred maintenance backlog of 12 billion dollars? Either voters force Congress to fund the NPS backlog, or voter complacency forces the NPS to offload the backlog into the private sector. If Congress acts, we all (indirectly) pay our fair share to fund the NPS. With privatization, only those who use the park system will pay---inevitably resulting in much higher entrance and service fees. Bottom line, does America care enough about their National Parks to share the burden--fund the $12,000,000,000 backlog? If not, then privatization it is---just like NASA did with parts of it space program.

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for the sake of conversation to those who grouse about seniors getting discounts o=to parks / BLM areas: do you take you Good Sam / KOA / or other program discounts when you check into a RV park, or do you, as some have stated "demand to pay full price regardless of age"?? Many seniors saved for retirement and purchased RV's to travel, visit National Parklands to enjoy the scenery and the outdoors. Taking this opportunity away by "blacken out" prime dates, or any other time is not a realistic thing to do. Granted, many retirees can well afford to pay all price and run their massive RV's, but take a step back and consider the general population who uses the parks. I, for one, use my Senior Pass when I can.

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