Fee increases proposed for Arches and Canyonlands

Fee increases proposed for Arches and Canyonlands

Fee increases proposed for Arches and Canyonlands

The new, higher fees are created to increase revenue to the Park Service, which estimates it would bring in an additional $70 million per year.

In other Park National news, Director Leon Zazworsky acquired 2,000 shares of the company's stock in a transaction dated Monday, July 31st. CEO Will Shafroth has held the job since 2015. Nor does it mention bipartisan bills in Congress that would divert $12 billion in federal oil and gas royalties from the national treasury to fund the parks' maintenance backlog over 30 years.

"The infrastructure of our national parks is aging and in need of renovation and restoration", said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.

Under the agency's proposal, the entrance fee for a private vehicle would jump to $70.00 during peak season.

The new price would take effect May 1 and run through September at Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Denali, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Olympic, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion; June 1 through October at Acadia, Mount Rainier, Rocky Mountain, and Shenandoah; and January through May at Joshua Tree.

The statement does not mention the president's 2018 budget proposal to cut almost $400 million from the parks.

The price increases, which are subject to a public comment period open until November 23, follows the Trump administration's push to redraw the boundaries of several national monuments in the interest of those who Zinke said "rely on these lands for hunting and fishing, economic development, traditional uses and recreation".

"Parks that have been enjoying increased visitation would then potentially see a significant drop-off in visitors, which would then result in a decrease in entrance fees and then, the whole thing might actually backfire", she said. "The administration just proposed a major cut to the National Park Service budget even as parks struggle with billions of dollars in needed repairs".

Canadian visitor Chantal Smitheram of Ottawa, Ontario, said that she would be less likely to visit national parks in the US if the proposal is adopted, noting that $70 translates to $100 Canadian.

However, Will Shafroth, president and chief executive of the National Park Foundation, suggested that the price increases were reasonable for most Americans.

"A proposal before Congress now, the National Park Service Legacy Act, would establish a more substantial and sustainable investment in our parks", says Pierno. The original version of this piece of content can be accessed at https://stocknewstimes.com/2017/10/26/park-national-corp-oh-lowers-holdings-in-park-national-co-prk.html.

The statement notes that entrance fees are charged at 118 of the Park Service's 417 sites.

"This is what a balanced budget looks like", Zinke said at the time.

But in Ronald Reagan's administration, park entrance fees were once again viewed as a way to offset budget cuts. The Trump administration is adopting this same political philosophy.

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