Trump Administration Considering Privatizing Campgrounds At National Parks
The Trump administration is mulling proposals that would privatize America’s national park campgrounds and further commercialize the parks in several ways, according to Axios.
The Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee, set up under former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, is encouraging the Trump administration to make numerous changes to the way the federal government handles national parks — including commercial changes like “expanded Wi-Fi service, food trucks and even Amazon deliveries at tourist camp sites.”
Axios noted that the National Park Service is currently in the hole about $12 billion for necessary repairs, and President Donald Trump has shown himself a proponent of both budget cuts and privatization.
The publication also noted that many members of the committee stand to benefit from privatizing the national parks — a list that includes “the operators of concession companies that have contracts at the parks, a company that produces electric bicycles and the former president of the world's largest private campground.”