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Details of distribution process make impact on backlog of proposed NP fee hikes not straightforward

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to attack the National Park Service's staggering maintenance backlog by significantly raising entrance fees at 17 national parks, but the calculations the Park Service uses to distribute such revenues could further dilute the impact of the not-quite $70 million a year the secretary believes the move would generate.

Under current guidelines, 80 percent of fees taken in at a park's entrance gates stay at that park, while 20 percent goes back to Washington, D.C., to be redistributed to other needy parks, most of which don't charge any entrance fee.



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