The Grand Canyon is one of the parks affected by the news.
Bad news, lovers: the National Park Service has struck no cost admission days by 60 percent for 2018.
On Dec. 12, the NPS announced that the visitors are welcomed free of charge on only four days of the New Year — Martin Luther King Jr Day, Jan. 15; the first day of National Park Week, April 21; National Public Lands Day, Sept. 22; and Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
The decree applies to, and 118 of the 417 national parks that charge an entrance fee, including the beloved reserves, such as the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite and Zion.
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Under the proposed plan to generate revenue for maintenance projects, the National Park Service would cost $70 per vehicle, with 17 of their 59 parks during peak visitation season.
While the NPS does not explicitly state in the press release, why is the slimming down on the free entry days, the decision is a sharp contrast to the policies of the past few years. According to the Associated Press, there were 10 no-cost days to be honored in 2017 and 16 non-cost days in 2016, in celebration of the NPS’ centennial.
The news comes just days after President Trump’s controversial decision to downsize two of Utah’s national monuments, which are even more outraged conservation groups that do not agree with the Minister of Home affairs Ryan Zinke’s plan to entrance fees at 17 of the most-visited of the national parks since the fall.
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“Not everyone can book a helicopter or charter a boat if they want to visit our national parks,” said Jesse Prentice-Dunn of the Center for Western Priorities. “America’s parks must remain affordable for workers and their families.”
According to proponents of the measure, the limitation of the free access day is aimed at generating more revenue for the backlog of maintenance and infrastructure projects at the parks, which is in the midst of a tourism boom”. The NPS welcomed with a record number of visitors in 2016, with more than 331 million guests frequenting the parks.
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