$70 to visit Grand Canyon? There is a 30 days comment period underway right now where the public (and that means you) can weigh in on a significant entrance fee proposal that would affect a number of national parks including Grand Canyon. See this link for details and to access the website for submitting comments. https://www.nps.gov/…/1…/10-24-2017-fee-changes-proposal.htm
Will lower income and under-served populations be priced out? Shouldn’t national parks be affordable and accessible to everyone? But how do we pay for the massive maintenance backlog that exists in our national parks? Our parks belong to ALL Americans, not just those who visit them, and our administration should be boosting park budgets, not cutting them. Congress should also support the bipartisan legislation introduced specifically to address the NPS maintenance backlog — the National Parks Legacy Act (HR 2584 and SB 751) which is currently pending.
Also, please read these related blogs from our good friends at the National Parks Conservation Association:
“We should not increase fees to such a degree as to make these places — protected for all Americans to experience — unaffordable for some families to visit,” NPCA president and CEO Theresa Pierno said in a statement. “The solution to our parks’ repair needs cannot and should not be largely shouldered by its visitors.”
|You are subscribed to Rulemaking for Colorado Roadless Areas Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.
USDA granted an 11-day extension of the comment period in response for adequate time to review documents and provide input on the proposed rule and the supplemental draft EIS over the holiday season. Notice will be published in the Federal Register.
Your comments are requested by 1/15/2016.
Comments on the SDEIS can be submitted electronically through:
Colorado Roadless Rule
740 Simms Street
Golden, CO 80401
How to comment
The scoping process for the town of Tusayan’s roadway and utility easement application will run through June 2. To submit a comment online visit comments-southwestern-kaibab with “Tusayan Roadway Easements” in the subject line.
The Forest Service also will hold three public scoping meetings:
- May 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Williams Elementary School Auditorium, 601 N. 7th Street, Williams
- May 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Grand Canyon Squire Inn, 100 Highway 64, Tusayan
- May 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Doubletree Hotel, 1175 Route 66, Flagstaff
you can write to:
Michael Williams, Forest Supervisor
Kaibab National Forest
Williams Ranger District
742 S Clover RD
Williams, AZ 86046
Your own comments are usually better than a talking points form letter. I would suggest you express your concerns about impacts on the GC National Park, including but not limited to night sky, water, wildlife, traffic. You might question the need for such a project as well as better definitions of the scope of the project beyond the easements.
The cumulative effects should be considered. Irreparable and irreversible damage could be done with out a complete and thorough EIS. Insist on one.
Naturally, you will want to comment on the national and international significance of the Grand Canyon Canyon .
Your comments thoughts and frustrations will not be considered if you do not make them formally known.
For those in the area, try to attend one of the public scoping meetings. If you do attend and do comment at more than one meeting, do not repeat yourself, alter your presentation.