Your Dollars At Work
Since 1986, a congressional act has authorized the collection of fees at National Park Service areas. During most of that period the fees went into a central fund but recently that trend has changed. At first, parks were allowed to keep up to 80% of gate receipts. This has recently been increased to 100%.
So where does all the money from entrance fees go? At Fort Pulaski, fee money goes toward park preservation, interpretive programs, maintenance, and numerous conservation projects. Each year, nearly 350,000 visitors explore the rich history and natural beauty of Fort Pulaski National Monument. While on your visit take a moment to view the many restored structures, museum exhibits, wayside exhibits, trails, and educational programs made possible through the collection of entrance fees.
As visitation increases at Fort Pulaski and throughout the National Park System, providing a safe and memorable experience for all visitors can present quite a challenge. Increasing demands are placed upon existing facilities, and new facilities and services become necessary. The benefits of collecting entrance fees are already visible at Fort Pulaski. As you enjoy the park, you may notice signs bearing the User Fee logo. Wherever you see this logo displayed, you will also see your entrance fees at work improving the park for your enjoyment and the enjoyment of future generations.
Recent highlights brought about from collecting visitor fees at Fort Pulaski include: the installation of new park signage, hands-on exhibits, and additional interpretive programs. One major addition to the park was the purchase of a 30-pounder Parrott Rifle Cannon, the largest firing reproduction cannon in the country.
Fort Pulaski also recently implemented a fee demonstration project that addresses the enormous preservation challenges that face the historic fort and surrounding landscape. Partnering with an existing park maintenance staff of five and utilizing the STEP authority, a National Park Service program that allows for the hiring of student employees, the park now hires undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Historic Preservation to join Fort Pulaski’s preservation team.
The main focus of work includes reducing the amount of deferred maintenance within the walls of the fort, tuck-pointing deteriorated mortar joints throughout the fort, as well as maintaining the historic Cockspur Island Lighthouse.
Thanks to visitors like you, Fort Pulaski can continue to hire more full-time employees, better address our long term preservation needs, as well as continuing to improve the visitor understanding and appreciation of Fort Pulaski.
Did You Know?
The present Cockspur Lighthouse dates from 1856. The lighthouse survived the Civil War despite being in direct line of fire during the battle for Fort Pulaski in 1862. Finally extingushed in 1909, the lighthouse was relit in 2007. Fort Pulaski National Monument, Georgia