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The plan announced Thursday would boost fees at 17 popular parks by $5, up from the current $30.
The Yosemite National Park posted this image of the Ahwahnee Meadow on February 25, 2017.
The revised fee plan is "a big win for park lovers everywhere", said Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee.
The original proposal would have increased fees to as much as $70 per vehicle during the peak travel months at Glacier and the other parks with the most traffic, a jump of more than 30-percent. Maria Cantwell, a Washington Democrat, said she was glad Zinke "abandoned his reckless plan to nearly triple park fees on American families", though she also criticized the interior secretary's plan for lacking "any transparency". The NPS estimates that once fully implemented, the new fee structure will increase annual entrance fee revenue by about $60 million.
All of the revenue from the fee increases will remain in the National Park Service with at least 80 percent of the money staying in the park where it is collected.
The price of both annual and senior passes will remain $80, the Park Service added. The NPS says fees will modestly increase to raise additional revenue to address the $11.6 billion in deferred maintenance across the system of 417 parks, historic and cultural sites, and monuments.
The "more measured fee increases" will generate much-needed funds "without threatening visitation or local economies", Pierno said, but more action is needed. "Every dollar spent to rebuild our parks will help bolster the gateway communities that rely on park visitation for economic vitality".
"Congress should commit to increasing park funding in future spending bills", she said.
Instead, the Park Service will spread a more modest increase out across 117 parks, instead of charging more at the 17 most-visited parks like Glacier and Yellowstone.
The move has drawn criticism from some conservation groups because it could make park improvements contingent on controversial and potentially destructive oil, gas and coal development. Increased attendance at parks, 1.5 billion visits in the last five years, means aging park facilities incurring further wear and tear. That was roughly 89,000 shy of the all-time record of just under 331 million visitors set the previous year.