Lassen is not on the list for a increase, as it is not one of the most popular parks. If the fee increase disperses visitors to other lesser used Parks the increase may be a blessing in disguise. Maybe that is one of the side intentions? Not that I want more visitors to 'My Park'. I like the quiet and solitude.Wandering Daisy wrote:Lassen is no substitute for Yosemite Valley or Kings Canyon. Each park is unique and many who go specifically are looking for the specific offerings of each. Not to say Lassen is not a good park, but totally different. Some parks are ideal for day-trips; others most suitable for backpacking or multi-day trips. It is too bad that blanket "soltuions" area applied to a large group of parks.
Then again -- I off trail hike in LAVO and the surrounding NF so I do not see many others anyway. The terrain is relatively gentle with little understory. Off trail hiking is easy. A maintained trail system is almost superfluous.
But in the bigger picture -- The NPS is competing for the same limited funds every other government program and agency wants, and every agency and program has its champions that insist it should be the priority. The regulars to this site favors the Parks, as expected. Health care, affordable housing, safe food inspections, education, national security, ad nauseum all need funding and have patrons clamoring for a bigger piece of the pie. To fully fund the Parks we must either go deeper in debt, raise taxes, or cut some other program. None are politically palatable. OTOH, as a taxpayer I support all agencies being a little bit hungry. When funds are limited managers start scrutinizing expenditures more carefully, choosing projects that deliver the most benefits at the least cost. This is a good thing.
IIRC Alex de Tocqueville wrote democracies survive only until the people start voting themselves money from the public treasury. We as a nation are in that position -- demanding more from the government without paying for it.