Albany, NY – President Bush is proposing a substantial increase in federal funding for national parks. He wants Congress to approve a $230 million boost in parks funding, which will help pay for long neglected maintenance work, as well as for employees needed to keep the parks in good condition and to assist visitors.
At the same time, the National Park Service is proposing to increase fees at about one-third of the nation's 390 parks, monuments and other areas managed by the agency. The National Park Service's campaign to boost fees began in 2006. It was part of a four-year strategy by the agency to simplify 17 different fee types to four tiers
The system standardizes fees and allowances: sites like Saratoga National Historical Park will be able to earmark more of the admission money collected there to directly fund park operations. Saratoga will use these funds to preserve historic buildingsand landscapes, maintain raods and trails, and create new exhibits and educational activities.
A Public Meeting will be held Tuesday night at Saratoga Battlefield Visitor Center for public comment on fee hikes proposed for 2008 at Saratoga National Historical Park.
Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.