Write to Stop Permanent Fee Authority!
Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) introduced the Federal Lands Recreation Fee Authority Act (S.2607) on June 11th, 2002. This bill will make the Recreational Fee Demonstration Program (Fee Demo) permanent. Please write to Senator Jeff Bingaman and tell him you oppose S.2607 because it makes Fee Demo permanent. Let him know how controversial and unpopular these fees are. Tell him you are contacting your Senators to ask them not to cosponsor his bill (S.2067).
Senator Jeff Bingaman
Chair, Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee
Washington, D.C. 20510
A brief handwritten letter makes the most impact. Please make sure your name and address are clearly legible.
The above information is from the Free Our Forests website. I would also suggest that you write US Senators Gordon Smith and Ron Wyden and relate to them that paying fees to enter a Wilderness Area is forbidden within the Wilderness Act of 1964...
Section 2b states:
"No appropriation shall be available for the payment of expenses or salaries for the administration of the National Wilderness Preservation System as a separate unit nor shall any appropriations be available for additional personnel stated as being required solely for the purpose of managing or administering areas solely because they are included within the National Wilderness Preservation System."