In what can only be described as a major victory for all outdoor enthusiasts around the country, the Interior Department has backed off of an initiative to significantly raise entrance fees at National Parks, including Northern California’s Yosemite National Park.
The Interior Department has backed away from the fee hike in the face of widespread opposition from elected officials and the public. The spokeswoman for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says officials have “taken the public’s suggestions seriously and have amended the plan to reflect those” comments.
The plan would have nearly tripled the entrance fee at National Parks, costing people around $70 just to enter the park. The Interior Department was trying to impose the fee on the nation’s most popular parks, including the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone and Zion.
Spokeswoman Heather Swift said Tuesday that Zinke “remains laser-focused on rebuilding our park infrastructure” and addressing an $11 billion maintenance backlog in the parks.
While this administration has not been great about giving outdoor adventurers easy access to our great National Parks, this is certainly a step in the right direction.