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Cook Applauds National Park Service Decision to Abandon Massive Admission Fee Increase

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) today welcomed news from the National Park Service that it has abandoned a plan for massive fee increases.

The National Park Service cited the “need to modestly increase entrance fees to raise additional revenue to address the $11.6 billion in deferred maintenance across the system of 417 parks, historic and cultural sites, and monuments” in justifying the much smaller fee increase.

Earlier this year, there was a proposal to increase the cost of a seven-day vehicle pass at Joshua Tree National Park from the current $20 to as much as $75. Today’s announcement means that entrance fees starting June 1, 2018 will be $25 instead.

Rep. Cook said, “It’s important that we keep our national parks accessible. I’m glad that the Park Service listened to comments from the public and abandoned plans to massively increase fees on visitors to Joshua Tree National Park. Instead, the park will implement a much more affordable $5 increase that will help it deal with critical maintenance issues, while also ensuring that Joshua Tree National Park continues to be affordable.”

Rep Cook is a member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees.

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