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Recreational Fee Demonstration Program

How do you feel about paying a fee just to park your vehicle on public land and then paying another fee just to enter a public Wilderness Area even though the very law that created the existence of the Wilderness in the first place forbids such fees? Needless to say, I hate it and you should too!
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).

Write to:

Senator Jeff Bingaman
Chair, Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee
364 Dirksen
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."


Boycott the Fee! 25.Sep.2002 15:16

bonnie abbzug

Thanks for writing something up about this, Voron!

After I got ticketed this summer at a trailhead, I did a little research into what would happen to me if I refused to pay. Nothing! Because it's not a law!

A really good website that explores the Disneyfication of our wild lands, including the fee demo is:

Boycott the Fee!
Boycott the Fee!

Support the Fee Program 26.Sep.2002 11:03

Mountain Nuts

For those of you that continue to perpetuate some of the inacuracies portrayed here in this article and by many of the opponents of fees, I have one suggestion: seek out your own information. Fees only support a portion of the recreation program.

Many volunteer groups, such as Washington Trails Association, contribute thousands of hours each year volunteering. Dollars collected from the fee program help accomplish an incredible amount of work. Just check out the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie forest.

If you think there are no costs involved in maintaining our trails and recreation areas, then you need to spend a day or two on the trail. You want your trails free from trees then don't tie the hands of recreation managers that are doing this through fees, volunteers, and partnerships. If you don't want to pay fees, then get busy and start volunteering or convincing your members of Congress to fund the Forest Service adequately to provide for these things.
Taxes just don't do it anymore. How many of you have really explored where your tax dollars go anyway?????

Just tell me one place where you see the Forest Service "Disneyfying" a recreation area. Most times, the Forest Service can just keep the area open.

So before you join the anti-fee bandwagon, please do some information gathering yourselves. Here is a link to the Forest Service web page on fees:

Deforest Service 26.Sep.2002 11:49

Hershey Highway

The forest service has done a miserable job of managing our PULIC forests, using american tax dollars to subsidize their destruction, passing on these funds to enrich private timber companies, and to terrorize good citizens who are trying to protect this priceless resource.

I looked at the 'fee' sight. I wonder if the R.V. salesman can explain to me how 87,000+ miles of new roads enhances the health of our public forests. Perhapse he/she feels that chopping down all of the trees will eliminate the threat of forest fires as well. I would prefer to donate towards the fund to enhance police brutality.

Hey Mountain Nuts... 26.Sep.2002 12:54


First of all, who says that trails in Wilderness Areas have to be maintained in the first place? I didn't see such any mention of such activity anywhere in the Wilderness Act of 1964. Furthermore, who said anything about Recreation Facilities? That is a completely different subject than what we are talking about here so why don't you take the time to read before you spout off your mouth?

Then without any basis you state "Taxes just don't do it anymore. How many of you have really explored where your tax dollars go anyway?????" Well, for your information I visited the Detroit Ranger Station a little over a year ago and spent about an hour looking at their budget and where their revenue actually comes from. The budget consisted mostly of our tax dollars and they also acquire a substantial amount of revenue from the sale of "our" timber. So, again you are wrong.

Needless to say, before you go down to the USFS coconspirator REI and buy your next Northwest Forest Pass maybe "you" should gather some more information about what a Wilderness Area is really about...