Fort Vancouver proposes fee increase

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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is looking for public comment about a proposed entrance fee increase in 2018. Under the park’s proposal, the individual entrance fee to the reconstructed stockade site, 1001 E. Fifth St., would change from $5 to $7 in January.

The proposed fee increase affects the reconstructed stockade site only. Access to grounds, trails, roads and other facilities, such as the Visitor Center and Pearson Air Museum, would remain free.

The entrance fee increase is part of a larger National Park Service initiative to standardize fees in similar national parks across the country, according to a news release.

A public engagement period on the proposed fee increase will close on Sept. 4. People can comment at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/Proposed_2018_Fee_Increase_Fort_Vancouver_NHS or by mail to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Attention: Proposed Fee Increase, 612 East Reserve St., Vancouver, WA 98661.

Comment cards also will be available at the Visitor Center, 15001 E. Evergreen Blvd.

The park’s annual pass would remain at $30 in 2018 and would continue to allow admittance of four adults. Entrance fees are not charged to people under 16 years of age or holders of passes.