National Parks add $36 Billion to US Economy, 300,000 Jobs

National Parks add $36 Billion to US Economy, 300,000 Jobs

NPS Photo | Neal Herbert The Department of the Interior announced today that visitor spending in communities near national parks in 2017 resulted in a $35.8 billion boon to the nation’s economy, and supported 306,000 jobs. That’s up nearly a billion from 2016, according to the annual National Park Service...

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After 50,000 Public Comments, Zinke Backs Down From Massive National Park Fee Increase

After 50,000 Public Comments, Zinke Backs Down From Massive National Park Fee Increase

In the face of widespread opposition from the public and elected officials, the Interior Department has announced it will back down from a plan to impose steep fee increases at popular national parks. The plan would have nearly tripled entrance fees at 17 of the nation’s most popular parks, including...

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Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Set to Re-Open June 15

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Set to Re-Open June 15

Yosemite National Park has announced that the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will reopen to the public at 9:00 am on Friday, June 15, 2018. The area has been closed to the public since July 2015 for a major renovation, which is nearly finished.

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Budget Slashes National Park Jobs, Repairs Infrastructure via New Energy Leases

Budget Slashes National Park Jobs, Repairs Infrastructure via New Energy Leases

The fiscal 2019 budget for the United States government put forth by the White House would slash 2000 National Park Service jobs, even as the parks are “being loved to death,” according to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.

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Thousands of Federal Campgrounds Will Close as Government Shuts Down

Thousands of Federal Campgrounds Will Close as Government Shuts Down

Thousands of campgrounds operated by the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, and other federal agencies will close until Congress can agree on funding for the federal government.

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3/4 of a National Park Advisory Council Resign in Protest

3/4 of a National Park Advisory Council Resign in Protest

9 of the 12 members of a National Park Service advisory board resigned their posts Monday night in protest of how Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has treated them.

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National Park Service Extends Comment Period for Fee Increase

National Park Service Extends Comment Period for Fee Increase

The National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior have announced that the public comment period for proposed fee increases at 17 national parks has been extended to December 22nd. Under the proposal, the peak season entrance fee for a seven-day pass to each park would be $70...

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The National Park Fee Increase Doesn’t Add Up

The National Park Fee Increase Doesn’t Add Up

The proposed 180% increase in fees at national parks is not going to do what the administration says it will. There’s no way it can. We took a look at the numbers, and how they only add up to using our national parks as political pawns.

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Massive Fee Increases Proposed for National Parks in 2018

Massive Fee Increases Proposed for National Parks in 2018

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke – photo by Gage Skidmore The National Park Service and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced today plans to increase entrance fees during peak season at many of the nation’s busiest national parks by up to 180%. The proposed new entrance fee...

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Episode 5 — Kansas City and Learning in the National Parks

Episode 5 — Kansas City and Learning in the National Parks

Today on RV Miles, we’re going to Kansas City, a great town for RVers to spend a day or a whole vacation. We talk about the different educational opportunities the National Park Service offers, and in the news, a motorhome recall, Jellystone parks expanding to the West and Southwest, and...

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