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Action Alert - Portland Forest Service Recreation Resource Advisory Committee Meeting

This Thursday and Friday, June 26th and 27th, there will be a meeting of the Pacific Northwest Recreation Resource Advisory Committee at the Red Lion Hotel - Portland Convention Center. It is vital that someone be physically present to representative the public!
The RRAC is, in theory, representative of the interests of the outdoor recreating public -- but the RRAC is hand picked by the Forest Service and is likely to go along with whatever the agency proposes. The RRAC is authorized to give its endorsement of fee increases and new recreation fees ONLY when "general public support for the recommendation is documented". To read the law on this important point see Section 4(d) of FLREA  http://www.wildwilderness.org/docs/therat.htm

According to the meeting agenda and supplimental materials, the Forest Service will propose approximately 200 new and increased fees for recreation sites within Oregon and Washington. These proposals will be put on the table for discussion and approval. Chances are high that the RRAC will give its stamp of approval for most (if not all) of those increases even though it is unlikely that anyone will produce adequate evidence of "general public support".

It is imperative that one or more members of the public attend this meeting and remind the RRAC of their legal obligation not to approve the Forest Service's recommendation unless it provides documented GENERAL PUBLIC SUPPORT. It is likewise imperative that one or more members of the public review any evidence of support that is presented. Anecdotal or limited public support is not adequate.

I am sending this message primarily to members of the public in and around the Portland area. My hope is that one or more of you will attend and will speak during the public comment period.

General information about the Region 6 RRAC is available at:
 http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/passespermits/rrac.shtml

Specific information for Thursday's RRAC meeting is available at:
 http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/passespermits/rrac-meetings.shtml

The agenda for this meeting is available at:
 link to www.fs.fed.us

Appended is the Public Notice which includes meeting details.

Please feel free to contact me for additional information and many thanks to anyone who attends.

Scott

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 http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-12306.htm
[Federal Register: June 5, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 109)]
[Notices] [Page 31961]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service

Notice of Meeting; Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act,
(Title VIII, Pub. L. 108-447)

AGENCY: Pacific Northwest Region, USDA Forest Service.
ACTION: Notice of Meeting.
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SUMMARY: The Pacific Northwest Recreation Resource Advisory Committee
(RAC) will meet in Portland, Oregon. The purpose of the meeting is to
review and provide recommendations concerning recreation fee proposals
for facilities and services offered on lands managed by the Forest
Service and Bureau of Land Management in Oregon and Washington.
Proposals for this meeting include the jurisdictions of the Bureau of
Land Management Salem, Vail, and Spokane Districts, the Okanogan-
Wenatchee, Olympic, Rogue River-Siskiyou, Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman,
and Willamette National Forests. Other items of interest related to the
Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004 may be discussed.

DATES: The meeting will be held on June 26, 2008, from 8:15 a.m. to 5
p.m. and June 27, 2008, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A public input time
is provided at 9 a.m. on both days. Comments will be limited to three
minutes per person. The Designated Federal Official has the discretion
to adjourn the meeting early if business is completed.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be at the Red Lion Hotel, located at 1021
NE Grand Ave., Portland, Oregon, 97232. Send written comments to Dan
Harkenrider, Designated Federal Official for the Pacific Northwest
Recreation RAC, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, 902 Wasco
Ave, Suite 200, Hood River, Oregon 97031, or  dharkenrider@fs.fed.us.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Harkenrider, Designated Federal
Official, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, 902 Wasco Ave,
Suite 200, Hood River, Oregon 97031, 541-308-1700.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting is open to the public. The
agenda for June 26, 2008, includes fee proposals from the Rogue River-
Siskiyou, Wallowa Whitman, and Umatilla Forests and the Salem, Vail,
and Spokane Districts of the Bureau of Land Management. The agenda for
June 27, 2008, includes fee proposals from the Okanogan-Wenatchee,
Olympic, and Willamette Forests. Individuals from the public will have
the opportunity to address the Committee at 9 a.m. both days. Committee
discussion is limited to Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management
staff and Recreation Resource Advisory Committee members. However;
persons who wish to bring recreation fee matters to the attention of
the Committee may address the committee at 9 a.m. both days. The agenda
and proposals can be found at  http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/passespermits/
rrac.shtml on the internet.
The Recreation RAC is authorized by the Federal Land Recreation
Enhancement Act, which was signed into law by President Bush in
December 2004.

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Scott Silver
Wild Wilderness
248 NW Wilmington Ave.
Bend, OR 97701

phone: 541-385-5261
e-mail:  ssilver@wildwilderness.org
Internet:  http://www.wildwilderness.org
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