Congressman Opposes Parks Fee Hike
If you want to increase visitation to an attraction, do you raise the entrance fee? Logic would tell you, 'No.'
That's the feeling a congressman from Oregon has. And Rep. Peter DeFazio thinks the National Park Service will make a big mistake if it goes forward with its plan to double Crater Lake National Park's entrance fee from $10 to $20.
While the Democrat in general opposes fee increases being implemented at parks across the country, he's particularly upset with the Crater Lake situation, especially since that park has seen steady visitation for a decade. That steadiness, park officials admit, is due to return visits by Oregonians.
“It doesn’t make sense to increase park fees while national parks are struggling to attract visitors,” says DeFazio. “I am concerned that the increase in fees at Crater Lake will discourage regular visits by Oregon families."
As for the rest of the national park system, the congressman believes funding solutions need to come from the federal government, not from visitors.
"I agree that the national park system is in need of additional funding, but raising fees for park visitors will only drive visitors away. Instead, the Department of the Interior should raise the money it needs to improve the park system by collecting the royalties that oil companies owe the United States,” he says.
Now what we need is more congress-folk who share DeFazio's mindset.