Subject: RAT used to privatize hot springs
Date: April 8, 2005 4:21:37 PM PDT
The USFS has gone and done it. They have used the RAT to privatize
Terwilliger Hot Springs (sometimes called 'Cougar Hot Springs') near
Eugene Oregon, see appended article for details.
If there is anyone who reads the following and concludes that this is other
than privatization, please let me know. Please explain to me what about
these popular Hot Springs still remains public?
Is this what YOU understand to be the meaning of PUBLIC lands???
Unless we (we the public) actively work to contain the privatization
epidemic, I'm suggesting that things are going to get a lot worse. The RAT
was just recently authorized. The plague it carries has barely begun to
The public spaces you love, wherever they may be, are not safe from the RAT.
PS... Letter writing to Oregon's State Legislators, US. Representatives, US
Senators and to Oregon's newspapers would definitely seem to be in order at
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Quoting from the River Reflections 4/7/05 front page article entitled
"Hoodoo to Manage Terwilliger Springs" -
Starting just before Memorial Day Weekend this year, visitors to Terwilliger
Hot Springs will have to pay a $5 per person fee. The Northwest Forest
Pass will no longer be accepted there and management of the area has been
transferred to Hoodoo Recreation Services, which manages over 70 US Forest
Service campgrounds in the mid-Cascade area.
The move is the latest in a series of changes instituted in the 1990s to
make the springs safer and healthier. Initially a local Friends group
managed the area on a volunteer basis. With fees generated by the Northwest
Forest Pass, uniformed patrols helped overcome incidents of drunkenness,
drug use and assaults. The Forest Service also added several improvements
including better parking area and improved vault toilets but the site never
generated enough income to cover expenses.
Visitors will now have to pay $5 to park a car there and another $5 per
person to enter the hot springs area. Fees can be paid to an attendant or
placed in an "iron ranger" if an attendant isn't on duty. People who don't
pay the fee will be subject to $50 per person citation plus another $50
People who use the springs often can buy an annual pass good through
Memorial Day Weekend of 2006. The price of the pass is $50. It is
available from the Terwilliger attendant, at Hoodoo's Camp Store at the ski
area, the Patio RV Park, from Hoodoo camp hosts, and from Umbrella
Properties in Coburg.
Clothes are optional in the springs, although nudity is not encouraged when
others are already present. Drinking of alcohol or any beverage in glass
containers is not allowed.
There are five pools that range from very hot to just moderately warm. They
empty into a lagoon below that is often a favorite swimming hole in the
summer when the reservoir is full.
248 NW Wilmington Ave.
Bend, OR 97701