Your Dollars At Work
The Fee Demonstration Program began in 1996 when congress authorized the Department of the Interior (DOI) to initiate new or revised fees in three DOI bureaus; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the National Park Service.
The program is designed to increase available funds to complete much needed maintenance projects. Eighty percent of fees collected at participating parks stay where they are collected to be used for projects that benefit visitors. The remaining funds are allocated for use on priority projects throughout the National Park System.
Your Fees at Work in 2010:
National Park Service
2007-2008 – replace single pane windows with energy efficient windows while maintaining the historic look at the park headquarters building; replace the HVAC system.
2004-present: Convert park-radio system; replacement of outdated radio systems with new equipment that will allow better communication within the park and between park and other agency emergency service providers. $280,091
2004: Hazardous tree removal park-wide; trees and branches damaged in storms were removed, making the park safer for visitors. $12,000
2004 - 2003: Rehabilitate Oak Ridge Campground bathrooms and camp sites; campers now have hot showers, new grills and picnic tables. $41,188
2002-2001: Upgrade Oak Ridge Campground amphitheater and trail; permeable trail surface and recycled lumber were used to completely rehabilitate this public educational space. $21,950
2002 - 2001: Construct Telegraph Pavilion; groups wishing to hold their family reunion or wedding reception now have a place to reserve. The pavilion was constructed with recycled materials and permeable surfaces. $55,600
2001: Replace visitor center carpet; recycled materials were used to provide both an inviting space and be an example of environmental leadership. $10,000