Zinke: Too many people enter national parks for free

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke defended his plan to increase the entrance fees for national parks, saying they need to charge more because too many people get in for free, including military members and the disabled, reported The Hill.

Zinke testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday, saying he proposed raising entrance fees because too many visitors don’t have to pay to enter.

“When you give discounted or free passes to elderly, fourth graders, veterans, disabled, and you do it by the carload, there’s not a whole lot of people who actually pay at our front door,” Zinke said. “So, we’re looking at ways to make sure we have more revenue in the front door of our parks themselves.”

Read full article at The Hill.

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt has been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year. She is the owner of In Good Company Communications and can be reached at ingoodcompanycommunications@gmail.com.

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  • Dave W says:

    I just love it when a know nothing bureaucrat decides when more money should be charged for something that we, as citizens own. That budget deficit that the NPS says has kept them from maintaining and upgrading the national parks is directly tied to inefficient and incapable park service management – and many parks are in terrible shape. Oh and I ‘earnrd’ my now no longeravailable Golden Age pass by getting old and paying taxes for many years.

    • Michael McCracken says:

      Could not agree more. As a senior citizen, I have earned the right to a free park pass. Zinke you can shove your plan where the sun don’t shine.

  • Michael McCracken says:

    This plan needs to go in the crapper.

  • Kenneth R Fuller says:

    Mr. Zinke, the National Parks are supposed to be free or at the most minimal entrance fees for families. This land belongs to all Americans and should be accessible to all, not just to those who can afford to pay for something that should have been taken care of by our taxes. These fees prove nothing more then a misappropriation of tax payers money by Washington once again.

  • Taxed toDeath says:

    Maybe Washington DC should stop furnishing toilet paper to Mr Zinke’s office (he can use his home facilities before & after work, on his own time) close the cafeteria at work & be prohibited from brewing coffee at work. The savings won’t keep all the parks open, but Government Employees shouldn’t be wasting taxpayers money either!
    I guess someone forgot to notify him that a lot of US National Parks have been consumed by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites (Dec 1973). If there is not enough money, he should ask them to pay their fair share too.

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