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Contact: Dean Wyckoff, 701-623-4466
Medora, ND – Theodore Roosevelt National Park invites the public, stakeholders, and local, state, and federal officials to provide feedback on a proposed new fee schedule. The National Park Service has developed a fee increase for entrance and camping that would go into effect in May 2015. A Special Interpretive Activity Fee may apply to programs that require limiting visitor group numbers or using additional staff. The current National Park Service standard fee schedule has remained unchanged since 2006.
Under current and proposed changes, entrance fees are not charged to persons under 16 years of age or to holders of Access or Military Passes. Prices for the Interagency Annual ($80) and Senior ($10) Passes will not change; these passes will still be available at the park.
"We are committed to making the improvements necessary for the best possible visitor experience and in keeping the park affordable," said Acting Superintendent Wendy Ross. "The proposed modest fee increases would allow us to address long-standing deficiencies, improve visitor facilities, and expand services as we approach the agency’s centennial anniversary in 2016."
Federal law requires that recreational fees be used for direct visitor benefits. In recent years, projects funded by recreational fees have included the printing of the park’s Visitor Guide, producing the award winning orientation film, maintaining campgrounds, trail maintenance, and establishing a formal education program. A project to design and install new wayside exhibits for the entire park is in progress.
The public is encouraged to provide comment on the proposed fee changes on the National Park Service’s Planning Environment and Public Comment System (PEPC) website. Comments may also be submitted by writing the park Superintendent at P.O. Box 7, Medora, ND 58645. The comment period begins November 3rd and closes November 30th. Following the comment period, feedback will determine how, or if, a fee increase would be implemented.