Trump’s plan for national parks: Amazon, food trucks


National News

November 5, 2019 - 9:58 AM

Visitors crowd Tunnel View overlooking Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park in 2017. (Brian vander Brug/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

At the urging of a controversial team of advisers, the Trump administration is mulling proposals to privatize national park campgrounds and further commercialize the parks with expanded Wi-Fi service, food trucks and even Amazon deliveries at tourist camp sites.

Leaders of the Interior Department’s “Made in America” Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee say these changes could make America’s national parks more attractive to a digitally minded younger generation and improve the quality of National Park Service facilities amid a huge maintenance backlog. As part of its plan, the committee calls for blacking out senior discounts at park campgrounds during peak holiday seasons.

“Our recommendations would allow people to opt for additional costs if they want, for example, Amazon deliveries at a particular campsite,” said Derrick Crandall, vice chairman of the committee and a counselor with the nonprofit National Park Hospitality Association. “We want to let Americans make their own decisions in the marketplace.”

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