National Park Fee Hike Plan May be Amended

Could the Department of the Interior be re-thinking its controversial plan to nearly triple entrance fees at National Parks including ONP?

It’s possible.  Reports from the AP and the Washington Post say that is the case.  However, Park officials says they have not gotten any guidance from the Interior Department which is facing widespread opposition to a plan to impose steep fee increases at popular national parks.

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The plan would raise entrance fees from $25 to $70 per vehicle at the  nation’s most popular parks — including Olympic National Park — during the peak summer season.

The reports cited anonymous sources saying  officials have “taken the public’s suggestions seriously and have amended the plan to reflect those” comments.

However, Olympic National Park spokeswoman Penny Wagner said Wednesday that recent news reports were the first she had heard of an  amended plan.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the proposed fee hike last October, saying it could raise $70 million a year to pay for maintenance projects at the National Park Service.