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Coconino National Forest Seeks Public Comment on Fee Changes

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The Coconino National Forest is seeking public comment on the implementation of proposed fees at six specific high-use recreation sites to ensure ongoing maintenance and to keep these sites and trails at a level of quality at which visitors come. ‘wait.

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Lava River Cave near Flagstaff, AZ (Photo by Brady Smith, August 19, 2015. Credit: US Forest Service, Coconino National Forest).

Many day-use sites, overnight campsites, and other recreational sites are operated without user fees in the Coconino National Forest. The following day-use sites would be added to the current Red Rock Pass royalty program, and Interagency America the Beautiful Passes will also be honored at these sites.

The public comment period begins today. To ensure your feedback is considered, please submit your feedback to Coconino National Forest no later than August 31, 2022, using one of the following methods:

  • Mail: Address in Coconino NF, Red Rock Ranger District, Attn: Chris Johansen, PO Box 20429, Sedona, AZ 86341-0429
  • E-mail: [email protected]
  • On line: Go to www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r3/SusRec and use a public comment mapping tool to comment on specific sites or to comment generally on fee proposals.
  • In person: Oral comments should be provided to Christopher Johansen during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or by calling (928) 203-7529 and indicating that you wish to provide feedback on changes proposed recreation fees.

Once public input is complete, the proposed fee changes will be considered by the Recreational Resources Advisory Committee (RAC) at its winter 2022 meeting. If the CCR and Regional Forester approve the changes, a fee may be applied. set up on these sites from the spring of 2023.

In 2004, Congress passed the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA) which allows the Forest Service to retain funds collected from certain recreation sites and use those funds locally to operate, maintain, and improve those sites.

These additional funds along with 95% of revenue from recreation fees remain on the national forest to operate, maintain and improve facilities. The resource derived from royalty collection helps provide quality recreation opportunities that meet modern visitor expectations and create a more financially sustainable developed recreation program for the benefit of future generations.

Under the REA, all new fees and fee changes must be proposed and approved by a citizen advisory committee, the Arizona Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Committee. Committee members represent a wide range of recreational interest groups to help ensure that the Forest Service proposes new fees and fee changes that are reasonable and acceptable to the public.

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