The National Park Service is proposing fee increases at 17 of the system’s most popular sites, including Yosemite and Sequoia & Kings Canyon Parks, to $70 per private vehicle during peak season. The money gathered would help pay for park maintenance and infrastructure improvements, with 80 percent remaining in the park where it is collected. The fee hike comes after the Trump administration announced plans earlier this year to slash the National Park Service’s budget by almost 13 percent. The Park Service is currently accepting public comment on its website.
- Neal Desai, Pacific Region field director, National Parks Conservation Association
- Nina Roberts, professor of Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism at San Francisco State University
- Jeremy Barnum, acting chief of public affairs, National Park Service