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Denali and Rainier: Voice Your Opinion

Posted on: November 18th, 2010 by Luke Bauer

Denali's High Camp. Photo Courtesy Wikipedia

Fee Increases Possible

Both Denali and Rainier National Parks recently proposed fee increases for their mountaineering visitors, citing an inability to maintain present facilities and services for those and other user groups under the present rate structure. Under pressure from climbers and advocacy groups like the AAC, both parks have opened their fee-increase proposals to public comment until the end of January 2011. Rainier also has released a public meeting schedule, found below.

Denali Environmental Assessment Plan

Denali National Park has also announced a separate proposal to initiate an Environmental Assessment to determine how, in the future, they will allocate a fixed number of permits between commercial guiding services and individual climbers. The Public Comment Period on this issue ends on December 6, 2010.

Whether by email or in person, please take the time to let the Park System know where you stand on these issues.

Denali: Public Comment Information

Comments from the public will be accepted between November 1, 2010 and January 31, 2011. Public Comments may be submitted via email to: DENA_mountainfeecomments@nps.gov or faxed to (907) 683-9612. Written comments may also be submitted by mail to: Superintendent, Denali National Park and Preserve, P.O. Box 9, Denali Park, AK 99755.

Rainier: Public Comment Information

Comments may be submitted by e-mail or in writing to the following addresses:
rainierclimbingfee@nps.gov
Superintendent ATTN: Climbing Cost Recovery Fee Mount Rainier National Park 55210 238th Ave E Ashford, WA 98304

Rainier Public Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, November 30: Tacoma, WA
7:00pm-9:00pm
Mountaineers Building
2302 N 30th St
Tacoma, WA 98403-3323

Tuesday, December 7: Seattle, WA
Seattle Mountaineers Building
7:00pm-9:00pm
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

Wednesday, December 8: Ashford, WA
Mount Rainier Education Center
7:00pm-9:00pm
55210 238th Ave E.
Ashford, WA 98304

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