The Merced Wild and Scenic River begins as snowmelt from the high Sierra gathers into glacier-polished channels and then pours over spectacular granite waterfalls before slowing to a sluggish meander through the incomparable #Yosemite Valley in #California. Once the river exits Yosemite #NationalPark, it makes a headlong rush for the lowlands and its class III and IV whitewater rapids provide thrills to rafters and kayakers. In the spring, you get stunning views like these images that were taken this morning after a light dusting of snow. It is the perfect place to #FindYourWay this season. Photos by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands). #usinterior #mypubliclands #mercedriver
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A recent report from the Washington Post indicates that the supposed fee hikes coming soon to our nation’s national parks may not be happening after all.
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According to Newsy, some of these proposed fee hikes would have amounted to 100-200% increases at many of the most popular national parks such as Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon. Some smaller increases are still expected across some of the park pass offerings.
National Park Service deferred maintenance increased by $275 million (about 2.5 percent), reaching $11.6 billion at the end of fiscal year 2017.
The secretary of the Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke hoped the increases might help address the ever-growing backlog of deferred maintenance costs that the National Park Service has been trying to address for the past decade. The backlog amounted to some 11.6 billion dollars when last recorded in September of 2017.
Where’s the coffee? This black bear at #Glacier National Park in #Montana is taking his time coming out of hibernation. When temperatures warm up and food starts to become available, bears start to emerge from their dens. Male #bears generally emerge first, usually from early to mid-March, followed by solitary females and females with young cubs in late March through mid-April. The last to emerge are females with newborn cubs, from mid April through early May. This #bear has been sluggishly poking its head out since March 23. Video @GlacierNPS by #NationalPark Service. #FindYourPark #usinterior
Find the entire Newsy article here: Interior Reportedly Won’t Drastically Increase National Park Fees