Some Helpful History on Park Fees
There's a treasure trove of information spewed across cyberspace, more than any one person can track. Fortunately, there are those folks with specific interests who are driven to look under every rock and into every crook and cranny to understand what makes things tick.
When it comes to fees on public lands, Scott Silver, the executive director of the public lands advocacy group Wild Wilderness, looks under just about every rock and into every crook and cranny that he can find to understand the life history, if you will, of recreation fees.
To get a fairly thorough primer on how we've arrived at the America the Beautiful Pass and fee creep in the national park system skip over to Scott's site, get comfortable, and read the background he's laid out.