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National Park Service considers entrance fee hike for some parks

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The National Park Service has proposed entry fee increases at 17 national parks, including Yellowstone and Glacier, aimed at raising money for deferred maintenance. But critics say the plan could hurt regional tourism-based economies.

According to a news release from the National Park Service, the fee increases would be targeted to the five busiest consecutive months of the year. 

For Glacier and Yellowstone national parks entrance fees for private non-commercial vehicles would more than double, going from $30 to $70.

The entrance fees for motorcycles would go from $25 to $50. Bicyclist and pedestrians entrance fees would double to $30. The price of an annual pass would go up to $75 at each of the affected parks. 

If the fees are approved, the NPS estimates the increase could generate as much as $70 million.

Yellowstone alone has more than $660 million in deferred maintenance costs. Deferred maintenance at Glacier National Park totals more than $148 million. Nationwide, national park deferred maintenance totals more than $11.3 billion.

The parks impacted include some of the busiest and most popular in the nation.

In addition to Glacier and Yellowstone, parks on the list include Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Denali, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Olympic, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Yosemite, Zion, Acadia, Mount Rainier, Rocky Mountain, Shenandoah and Joshua Tree National Parks.

A public comment period on the proposal runs until November 23, 2017 on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website. Written comments can be sent to 1849 C Street, NW, Mail Stop: 2346 Washington, DC 20240.

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