Waiving fees prevents park staff and visitors from having close interactions during this ongoing pandemic.
WASHINGTON – NPCA’s President and CEO responds to the Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt’s directive today for the National Park Service to temporarily suspend the collection of all park entrance fees until further notice touting that “this small step makes it a little easier for the American public to enjoy the outdoors in our incredible national parks.“
Statement by Theresa Pierno, President and CEO for the National Parks Conservation Association:
“The Park Service should be waiving fees, but not to make parks more accessible. Waiving fees prevents park staff and visitors from having close interactions during this ongoing pandemic. We remain concerned about the health and safety of park staff and visitors and strongly urge everyone to follow the guidance of public health experts before planning a trip to any park in order to protect themselves and their communities.”
About National Parks Conservation Association: Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice in safeguarding our national parks. NPCA and its nearly 1.4 million members and supporters work together to protect and preserve our nation’s most iconic and inspirational places for future generations. For more information, visit www.npca.org.
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