PAY MORE -- GET LESS
(press release included)
-- The ultimate outcome of reduced money from the federal budget is making itself felt at Yellowstone National Park. First they cut staff, then they cut services, now they are raising fees. Yellowstone is not the only park being attacked. The National Park System is losing support in Washington, (http://www.greateryellowstone.org/issues/issue.php?threatID=21)
-- This is not the kind of thing that can sneak up on us. The anti-park coalition is doing it in the open! On October 27 six senators sent a letter to Secretary of Interior Gale Norton, The letter questions the need to change the current guidelines. The Republican senators are Lamar Alexander (TN), Lincoln Chafee (RI), Susan Collins (ME), Mel Martinez (FL), Olympia Snowe (ME) and John Warner (VA). These lawmakers have been ignored! (Acomplete analysis of this latest proposal is avaiable in PDF format at: http://www.greateryellowstone.org/media/fresh/ManagementPoliciesanalysis.pdf .
-- The National Park Service is being castrated, and the wealthy elitists have joind the parade. By pricing the middle class out of the parks, and building palatial facilities, and expanding services that cater to monster busses, Yellowstone will soon be the elite destination that the old Bull Moose hoped it would be.
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INFORMATION FOR THE MEDIA
CONTACT: Nash or Vallie
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April 28 , 2006
Yellowstone National Park Entrance Fees Increase May 1st
Some entrance fees at Yellowstone National Park will go up on Monday, May 1.
The entrance fee change was first announced last September. It's the first time entrance fees at Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks have increased since December 1996.
A 7-day pass to enter Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in a private, non-commercial automobile goes from $20 to $25. Individual week-long permits for motorcycles increase from $15 to $20. Hikers, bicyclists and skiers will pay $12 instead of $10 for a 7-day permit.
An annual pass to enter both parks remains at $40. The National Parks Pass, good for entrance into any National Park Service site for a year, is still just $50.
Yellowstone expects to generate $1 million each year in additional revenue due to the fee increase. Most of the money will stay in the park and be used for projects that enhance visitor health and safety, access, and enjoyment.