The Donald Trump administration not only wants to despoil national parks by opening them up to more commercial uses such as mining, it proposes a budget that would reduce an already pinched workforce. And, if that’s not good enough, it’s proposing huge increases in entrance fees to some of the most popular parks — from $25 to $70 for a seven-day car pass in peak periods.
If more mining, less
The increased fees, nominally to pay for maintenance deferred on account of inadequate congressional support, would affect these parks:
At Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Denali, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Olympic, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion National Parks with peak season starting on May 1, 2018; in Acadia, Mount Rainier, Rocky Mountain, and Shenandoah National Parks with peak season starting on June 1, 2018; and in Joshua Tree National Park as soon as practicable in 2018.