Announce: National Forest and National Park Fees Meeting

Two informational public workshops hosted by Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument officials will take place this month.

The first workshop will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 26, at Lake Isabella Senior Center, Room 1, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd.

The second workshop will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 29. at the forest supervisors office, 1839 S. Newcomb St., Porterville.

These workshops will provide information on the Sequoia National Forest’s recreation fee program. Discussion topics will include revenues collected, and how funds generated were used to improve visitors’ recreation experiences.

Attendees will also have an opportunity to make recommendations on how these funds are used in the future.

With increasing recreation demands and budget shortfalls, it has become increasingly difficult to provide quality recreation facilities and services, and protect natural resources. To help address this issue, the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA) was  passed in 2004.

REA permits federal land management agencies to continue charging modest fees at qualified campgrounds and rental cabins, high impact recreation areas and day use sites.

Ninety-five percent of the fees collected from these sites remain on the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Forest to operate, maintain and improve the recreation services at these facilities.

Fees collected under the Recreation Enhancement Act authority include: Nine developed recreation sites (Kennedy Meadow, Troy Meadow, Fish Creek, Horse Meadow; Lower Peppermint Campground, Camp 9, South Fork Recreation Area, Auxiliary Dam and Old Isabella), permit fees for recreation special uses and events, and a cost share agreement between the Hume Lake Ranger District and the National Park Service.

For more information, contact Mary Cole, 559-784-1500 or by e-mail, mcole@fs.fed.us.
(via THE PORTERVILLE RECORDER)

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