Hey — everyone can get into national parks for free on Monday.
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Plus, there are plans to nearly triple entrance fees at a bunch of the most popular national parks during peak season.
Let’s review what else the ol’ Interior Department has been up to lately.
A massive overhaul: On Wednesday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed the biggest reorganization in the department’s history. It would shuffle tens of thousands of workers to new locations, and divide up the department’s current state boundaries into 13 new regions, affecting more than 500 million acres of land and water.
A Christmas story: On Dec. 22, the Interior quietly rescinded a bunch of climate change policies issued by the Obama administration, Elizabeth Shogren reported.
Apparently, the rules were “potential burdens” to energy development.
So, uh, between the proposed fee hikes and the concern that climate change is slowly taking away our parks’ namesake glaciers and forests, you might want to take advantage of those free-entrance days and visit America’s beautiful landscapes ASAP.
by Kate Yoder
Friday, January 12 2018