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GOP senator asks Zinke to dump NP entrance fee increases

A Republican senator from Colorado is pushing back against Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's surge-pricing scheme that would more than double entrance fees at 17 popular national parks during the height of the travel seasons, urging the secretary instead to work towards a "legislative solution to the maintenance backlog."

The Interior secretary believes that boosting weekly entrance fees to $70 for such parks as Acadia, Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, Zion and 13 others would help address the $11-$12 billion maintenance backlog in the National Park System. He also has labeled as "baloney" opposition to his plan, which currently is in limbo while public comments on the proposal are reviewed by the Park Service.


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