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Traveler’s View – Things We’d Like To See In 2019 For The National Park System | National Parks Traveler

Here’s a shortlist of the things we’d like to see sweep across the National Park System this year.

1. Reinstate the National Park Service’s budget ASAP.

Remove the National Park Service from the partial government shutdown. Let maintenance crews get back to keeping the parks clean, put staff in entrance stations to collect fees, and bolster the ranks of rangers throughout the parks to deter vandalism, come to aid of those who need it, and interpret these great places.

5. Have Yellowstone officials cut short the testing of surge pricing for lodging in the park.

Under the unannounced “pilot program” instituted last year, Xanterra Parks & Resorts can charge what the market will bear for slightly more than half the rooms available for visitors. Let’s not forget that motto engraved into the Roosevelt Arch at Yellowstone’s north entrance: “For The Benefit And Enjoyment Of The People,” not to unduly enrich corporations.

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