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Maybe National Park Entrance Fees Won't Triple After All
Matthew Daly reports that the U.S. Department of the Interior seems to be walking back a plan that would have drastically raised entrance fees to national parks around the country.
A spokeswoman for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is on the record saying the department has responded to comments on the plan, and has made amendments to reflect those changes. The plan received 109,000 comments, according to Daly.
A plan that would nearly triple entrance fees at 17 national parks has faced opposition from states since it was made public in October 2017. While the entrance fee plan has been evolving, so to have plans for funding the National Park Service's maintenance budget. A new proposal would use funds from oil and gas leasing on federal lands to pay those costs.