- To examine how visitor services programs operate differently across the country.
- To discuss whether the National Park Service (NPS) should implement some of the reforms that are driving an increase in visitation at other state and federal facilities.
- Private companies, known as concessioners, manage many visitor services at national parks, such as campgrounds, lodging, and food service.
- The NPS concessions program is burdensome for companies to work under and limits the ability of parks and companies to provide new services.
- In comparison, the U.S. Forest Service operates under a concessions program that provides latitude to enhance visitor experience. Additionally, state park services are proving to be a testing ground for new ideas and improvements.
- The Committee previously examined this issue at a hearing in July 2015.
Witnesses and testimonies
|Mr. Glenn Casamassa||Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System, U.S. Forest Service||U.S. Department of Agriculture||Document|
|Ms. Linda Lanterman||Director of the Division of State Parks||State of Kansas||Document|
|Mr. Chris Edmonston||President||BoatU.S. Foundation||Document|
|Mr. Rick Cables||Vice President of Natural Resources and Conservation||Vail Resorts||Document|
|Chairman Farenthold Opening Statement||Document|