National Park Service Invites Public to Fairbanks Open House on Denali Mountaineering Fee
Contact: Kris Fister, (907) 683-9583
The National Park Service (NPS) is holding an open house in
Beginning at 6:00 p.m.,
Currently each climber of
When the special use fee was initially established it covered approximately 30% of the cost of this specialized program. Even though the fee was increased from $150 to $200 in 2005, current fee revenue only covers 17% of the cost. McKinley/Foraker climbers make up less than ½ of 1 percent of the park's visitors, and in 2011
The NPS is seeking 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?
Comments from the public will be accepted through January 31, 2011. Comments may be submitted via email to: DENA_mountainfeecomments@nps.gov or faxed to (907) 683-9612. They may also be sent to: Superintendent,
Additional information on the mountaineering program and the mountaineering special use fee is available on the park website at www.nps.gov/dena.
Did You Know?
Warmer average temperatures over several decades have resulted in expansion of woody vegetation. If this warming trend continues, it will change Alaska's ecosystems and drastically alter the physical appearance of Denali's landscape, as treeline marches higher up the mountains.