In the past two weeks I have been through Zion and Bryce National Parks and enjoyed the justly famous canyons, hoodoos, and rock formations.
In a week’s time, I will be in Canyonlands and again enjoy this magical area.
All striking places that may become less accessible to.a portion of the public by default.
With a backlog of nearly 12 billion dollars in NPS units something must be done of course.
But with corporate sponsorship of parks looming, privatization of campgrounds offering more so-called services, and now the proposed increased entrance fees, I see both the egalitarian and wild nature of the parks decreasing more.
The cynic in me sees the fee increases as part of a plan to further make the NPS seem incompetent . Incompetent meaning that it can’t manage its own house even with fee increases. Further opening up our public lands to potentional increased corporate management.
Fees will go up even more so especially as more “amenities” are introduced. And since the backcountry of the parks probably won’t be used by the more affluent consumer base who enjoys these amenities, what’s a little drilling where people don’t go anyway? After all, we do need to pay for these amenities and the financial backlog…
Except we have invested what is approaching half a trillion on the Ford Edsel of fighter jets and a suspicious amount of money has gone to a Montana construction company based out of the same town as Zinke.
Some money does appear to be there. Apparently.
Wild spaces just do not have the pork barrel spending potential and lobbyists as the weapons and energy industry.
The Trump Administration may rival Grant’s as the most Plutocratic term of office yet.
Our country will weather this storm, too.
I just hope the storm passes before the parks turn even more into Disney World for a smaller and more affluent part of society.
Tip of the day: Assuming the fees go up for NPS units, the $80 Interagency Pass good for NPS, BLM, USFS, National Wildlife Refuges, and others is even more of a bargain. Considering purchasing this pass if you visit an NPS unit more than twice a year. People over sixty-two, permanently disabled, in the 4th grade, or in the military are eligible for a reduced cost or even a free version of this pass.