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NPS Open Houses: Denali Fee Increase

ACTION ALERT – Washington/Colorado

Protect Mountaineering on Denali: Attend a NPS Open House in Seattle, WA or Golden, CO

Denali National Park proposes to raise mountaineering fees 150% from $200 to $500 per climber. As part of the public involvement process, the National Park Service is hosting two open houses in January to provide information on the mountaineering program and how the special mountaineering use fee is used.

Representatives from the Access Fund, American Alpine Club, and American Mountain Guides Association are concerned that the 150% mountaineering fee increase at Denali is unnecessary and unfair, and are looking for ways to cut mountaineering program costs and generate alternative sources of revenue to limit a dramatic fee increase. In these tough economic times, such an unprecedented mountaineering fee increase may price Americans out of their own National Parks.

NOW is the time to learn more about how this proposed fee increase affects you. Attend an upcoming National Park Service Open House in your area and voice your opinions:

Seattle, Washington
Monday, January 17 – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
REI Flagship Store,
222Yale Ave. N

Golden, Colorado
Tuesday, January 18 - 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
American Mountaineering Center
710 10th St.

Format: Denali staff will give one 30-40 minute presentation on the mountaineering program and fee at each open house. Official public testimony will not be taken, but park staff will be available before and after the presentation to provide information and answer questions.

The NPS is seeking input and ideas regarding two key questions:

1) Is the current mountaineering program the most cost effective, efficient and safe program we can devise?
2) How much of the cost should be recovered from users, and what options are there for how those costs can be distributed?

Written comments from the public will be accepted through January 31, 2011, and may submitted via email to: DENA_mountainfeecomments@nps.gov or hard copy to: Superintendent, Denali National Park and Preserve, P.O. Box 9, Denali Park, AK 99755. Look for an action alert and joint Access Fund, American Alpine Club and American Mountain Guides Association comment letter later this month or read our previous commentary on the subject.