Dear MoveOn member,
I just heard that the National Park Service is planning a big increase in entrance fees for some of the country's most beloved wild places, including Acadia, Grand Canyon, Olympic, Shenandoah, Yellowstone, and Yosemite National Parks. I urge you to sign my petition opposing the proposed national park price increase.
It's troubling to see a proposal from the National Park Service that would make these beautiful places less accessible to average Americans. Raising the price to as much as $30 per individual and $70 per vehicle for the most popular parks would deprive so many people of life-changing experiences and an appreciation for the natural world.1 The parks are for everyone, regardless of income!
Please sign my petition.
I remember a trip to Sequoia National Park, high in California's mountains. It was winter, and the snow was higher than our car. We set out one morning as the sun rose. The only sound was the clop of our snowshoes as they broke through the thin layer of ice that had formed on the powder overnight. When we paused, we smelled only sweet evergreens and heard only the off-and-on work of a woodpecker echoing through the groves of giant trees that towered above us. The sequoias have been kings of that land for centuries, and visiting them was like stepping into a royal court. We felt honored to be there.
Everyone should have the opportunity to experience places like that. We need to protect America's wilderness, but increasing park entrance fees is not the way to do it.
The National Park Service, which is run by the Department of the Interior, is accepting public comments on this proposal for the next month. I will make sure your petition signatures are delivered by the November 23 deadline and will follow up with additional ways you can ensure your voice is heard!
MoveOn member, Washington, DC
1. "Fees To Enter Popular National Parks Would Skyrocket Under Interior Department Plan," NPR, October 25, 2017
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