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Old 02-03-20, 09:58 PM
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Proposed Campground Fee Increases for Olympic National Park

I don't know how many in the forum enjoy ONP, or how many of that number camp there. Posting in case this affects somebody.

Monday February 03, 2020 16:24 PST Olympic National Park News Release Proposed Campground Fee Increases for Olympic National Park Port Angeles, WA – Olympic National Park is requesting public comment on a proposal to increase the daily fee for overnight stays at eight of the thirteen park campgrounds. A review completed in fall 2019 recommended each park campground’s fees remain the same or increase based on comparable campground facilities nearby. The proposed increase for Kalaloch Campground is from $22 per night to $24. The proposed increase for Staircase, Heart O’ the Hills, Fairholme, Mora, and Hoh is from $20 per night to $24. And the proposed increase for South Beach and North Fork campgrounds is from $15 per night to $20. Deer Park, Sol Duc, Ozette, Queets, and Graves Creek campground fees would remain the same. Holders of the America the Beautiful Access and Senior Lifetime passes would continue to receive fifty percent off the per night campground fees. Eighty percent of campground fee revenue stays at the park to fund projects related to visitor experience including the repair, maintenance, and enhancement of campground facilities. “Keeping our campgrounds affordable and providing a great experience is our priority,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. “The park uses the revenue from camping fees to fund projects which benefit the visitor’s experience.” Last year campground restrooms were remodeled and family restrooms added at Mora and the Hoh Rain Forest which improved accessibility. Fee dollars also purchased new fire rings and 88 concrete picnic tables to replace wooden ones which have deteriorated. To comment on the proposed campground fee increase, please provide your comments between February 3 and March 3, 2020 online at parkplanning.nps.gov/ONPCGFEES or by mail to: Superintendent, Olympic National Park – Proposed Campground Fee Increases, 600 East Park Avenue, Port Angeles, WA 98362. Comments submitted by phone or email will not be accepted. Comments submitted by individuals or organizations on behalf of other individuals or organizations also will not be accepted. You should be aware that your entire comment – including personal identifying information such as your address, phone number, and email address – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. -NPS-
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came across the same proposed increases commenting thingee for joshua tree national park here in socal about two years ago.
i would imagine the nps/current administration hit the most visited parks first. never a fan of increasing prices anywhere however
the national park system has been historically underfunded (and i don't see that changing anytime soon) and overloved. i buy a
national parks pass every year since i usually hit 4-5 parks/monuments a year (not including my local cabrillo natl monument in san diego)
and i'm one of those people that occasionally leaves a spare $5, $10 or $20 in a donation collection when i'm leaving said nps unit.
i get the sense (correct me if i'm wrong) that the current administration would like to make the entire nps system user-related and move
what little gets annually allocated to the nps elsewhere. you and a buddy or the significant other arrive at glacier or yosemite or acadia
or the everglades or canyonlands and you're paying $150+ vs $25-$40. double whammy. less revenue and less visitation. easy to point to
annual visitation and claim no one gives a bleep and cut the budget even further.

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