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What do you think of the National Park Service’s proposed fee increase?


Kami Hussey
Big Sky, Montana

“From $30 to $70, that seems pretty drastic, being over double what it was. I guess I don’t really understand the difference now between the daily fee and the multiple use throughout the year. They’re basically the same.”




David Simon
Big Sky, Montana

“I feel as if $70 for park entrance will severely discourage people such as myself from going into the park. I guess if you have five people in your car that’s not that bad. I’ve visited the park at least eight times and at no point have I had more than one person with me. It just seems prohibitive.”




Abigail Hogan
Big Sky, Montana

“I think it’s great that they’re trying to raise more money for the parks in general, but I think it’s harder for people who want to come visit the parks [when they] raise the expense for them to get in. But in general, I think it can be seen as a good and a bad thing.”




Ody Loomis
Big Sky, Montana

“I think it’s sad to put a price tag on being able to access national [parks] and public lands because the less people that get to see it and be a part of that [the less people that are] willing to support it and give financial backing. [National parks] need the money … so I do see the need in the fact that they’ve got to derive money from somewhere, it’s just sad that it goes to take away from people getting to see the park.”

Joseph T. O'Connor is the previous Editor-in-Chief for EBS newspaper and Mountain Outlaw magazine.

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