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Since folks here seem to love to debate SAR costs and reasons for rescue I think this short article might be an interesting read.

nationalparkstraveler.com/2014...
Jason Himick
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And how much did the government spend on the Iraq War and bringing a "stable" government to that little piece of heaven? $78.5 billion. Benjamin Chapman
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$4 million is chicken feed for such a large organization and number of users. M Sprague
From New England
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Wow that figure is actually much lower than I thought it would be. ChefMattThaner
From Lakewood, co
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Seems like a drop in the bucket considering the service they provide. Is this an actual efficient use of tax money, or are these numbers wrong? DesertRat
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Jul 3, 2014
That number ($4 million) is suprisingly low, given the number of visitors that the park service sees (they report 273,630,895 visitors in 2013). That comes to less than 1.5 cents per visitor; this is very very small. One way to think of it: If you had to pay an extra 1.5 cents every time you entered a park to fund "rescue insurance", would you mind? Probably not. JCM
From Seattle, WA
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$4 million won't even buy you a halfway decent politician these days marty funkhouser
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My tiny counties solid waste budget is 3 million. . .4 million seems really for all of the NPS. GhaMby
From Heaven
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$3.8 million for 2348 SARs averages to $1618 per SAR. That's much less than I would have guessed. Seems like money well spent. Ian Stewart
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John Sherman
80% Hiking and backpacking incidents in 2013. Also a good read: Article Photo, Climber Rescued Where a SAR on El Cap resulted in the successful reattachment of a climbers thumb, which would have otherwise left him permanently disfigured. I'd say technical climbers are doing a good job not being a statistic. Tom Sherman
From Bristol, RI
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Jul 6, 2014
Future Goal
Lots of interesting comments at the bottom of the article. This one in particular made me wonder how various park fees are allocated:

"...here in the Smokies and elsewhere, the NPS has used search and rescue as a justification for backcountry fees. Yet the majority of rescues don't involve backcountry campers. They are dayhikers who are exempt from backcountry usage fees."

Thoughts?
Jason Himick
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beck on limestone
$4 million for SAR in the National Park Service is much lower than I thought. I'd agree anecdotally, it seems locally, more hikers get rescued than climbers.

The Spring Mountain/ Toyiabe NPS is building a visitors center right now with massive road re-alignment that's costing much more than $4 million.
Thomas Beck
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