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    Recreation Enhancement Act (REA) Press Release

    The Forest Service is reducing the area in Southern California where
    recreation fees are required. Although 81% of the San Bernardino
    National Forest will no longer require the Adventure Pass, the pass
    will still be required in most locations that are popular with
    visitors. The non-fee areas are more remote, have fewer visitors,
    and experience fewer impacts from visitor use than fee locations.

    "Recreation on federal lands has grown tremendously over the past
    several years, and the recreation fee program has been a valuable
    tool for allowing forest managers to meet visitor demands for
    enhanced visitor facilities and services," said Forest Service Chief
    Dale Bosworth. The revenues from the fees will allow the Forest
    Service to continue to maintain trails, clean restrooms, pick up
    trash, remove litter and graffiti, and provide visitor information
    and other services.

    The changes to the fee program are the result of the Federal Lands
    Recreation Enhancement Act (REA), which was passed in December 2004
    as part of the 2005 Consolidated Appropriations Act. REA allows the
    Forest Service to charge fees for specific sites, and for heavily
    impacted recreation areas that have specific amenities, including
    toilets, parking, trash receptacles, picnic tables, visitor
    information, and security. REA also extends the fee program for ten
    years, and establishes standards that must be met before new fees can
    be charged.

    "The up side of these changes is that the more remote areas
    of the Forest will no longer require a fee," said Forest Supervisor
    Gene Zimmerman. "But the down side," he added, "is that visitors
    will have a more difficult time determining where fees are
    required."

    Visitors who want to know whether fees are required at their favorite
    recreation destination may contact the nearest Forest Service office
    or look on the Recreation Fee Program website at
    www.fs.fed.us/r5/sanbernardino/ap, or at our temporary website at
    www.fsadventurepass.org. Here visitors will find a listing of the
    locations where fees will be charged. The site also includes links
    to maps showing the changes. "We'll be getting more information about
    the changes to vendors soon," added Zimmerman, "and we'll be
    printing new brochures with maps later this summer." The Forest
    Service will also be ordering new signs that will be used to mark the
    boundary of the fee areas.

    "I really want to thank the public for their past support of the fee
    program," said Zimmerman. "We've cleaned up the trash and graffiti,
    and made many badly needed
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    repairs. We're cleaning restrooms more often, maintaining trails,
    and providing visitor information. Our field rangers make regular
    contact with visitors, and the forest is cleaner and safer because of
    the Adventure Pass. We're proud of what we've accomplished, and the
    public should be too."

    The price of the Adventure Pass will remain unchanged -- $5 for a
    daily pass, or $30 for an annual pass. Those visitors who have
    purchased a pass for an area where fees are no longer required may
    request a refund of their Annual Pass and accompanying second vehicle
    pass by contacting the nearest Ranger Station any time before
    December 31, 2005. "I'm hoping that people will hang on to their
    passes, knowing that their fees have made a real difference, and
    remembering that there are still many wonderful places to recreate
    where fees are required," Zimmerman added.

    The Adventure Pass was initiated in June of 1997 to reduce recreation
    deferred maintenance and address problems posed by heavy recreation
    use. Since 1997, more than $22 million in revenues have been
    collected and invested back into the four southern California
    Forests.

    What Your Recreation Fees Provide
    2004 Cumulative 97-04 Appropriations 04
    Illegal or abandon campfires* 7,096 34,010 n/a
    Emergency assists* 1,366 13,884 n/a
    Information & interpretive contacts* 75,923 826,167 n/a
    Violations of the CFR* 2,466 51,671 n/a

    Portable restrooms, added 78 505 1
    Permanent restrooms, repaired 1/ 213 611 261
    Restrooms retrofitted, for ADA 8 35 0
    Toilets (about 800 seats) cleaned 4-6 times more often

    Trail maintenance, miles 218 2,169 195
    Picnic sites refurbished 119 445 51
    Campsites refurbished 145 906 30
    Bear-proof containers installed 29 344 18
    Trash and litter removed, cubic yards 5,356 41,538 440
    Abandoned car bodies, removed 29 142 1
    Graffiti removed, sites 1/ 1,448 2,469 2,468

    *Additional Management services provided by Field Rangers funded by
    recreation fees.

    1/ The figures reported for FY 2004 reflect a change in reporting
    from prior years 1997-2003 on two sub-units, which were under-
    reporting accomplishments in these categories.

    Records for accomplishments in the categories above do not exist
    prior to 1997.

    Cumulative totals may include multiple projects at the same location.

    http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sanbernardino/passes/rea.shtml
    Last edited by Old Fart; 06-14-05, 02:06 PM.
    Jeff
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    You're just upset because the voices in my head only talk to ME!

  • #2
    And I just renewed mine saturday
    censored for having an opinion

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    • #3
      Excellent!
      Jeff
      OHV76V
      KG6TY
      You're just upset because the voices in my head only talk to ME!

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      • #4
        Some current information, and downloadable maps:

        http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sanbernardino/passes/rea.shtml
        Jeff
        OHV76V
        KG6TY
        You're just upset because the voices in my head only talk to ME!

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