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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Proposes Fee Increase for Hoover Wilderness Permits | Carson City Nevada News

BRIDGEPORT, Calif. — The Bridgeport Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is seeking public comment on a proposal to increase Hoover Wilderness permit fees for overnight trips to specific high-trail trailheads. use.

This fee increase will provide direct funding to assist with stewardship of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest portion of the Hoover Wilderness and make it more consistent with what other land management agencies charge for night use of areas. wilderness in the Sierra Nevada range.

“We recognize the importance of Hoover Wilderness to our local communities and to those who travel great distances to visit this wilderness area,” said Bridgeport Ranger District Recreation Staff Officer Nate Bech. “Public participation is a critical part of our assessment of the fee proposal, and we encourage people to provide their thoughts and ideas on this proposal.”

Under the proposal, an overnight permit will increase from $3 to $12 per person per trip for users entering the following quota trail trailheads: Buckeye Creek; green stream; Horse Creek; Leavitt Meadows, Little Slide Canyon, Robinson Creek and Virginia Creek. Permits for children 12 and under would be free under the proposal if approved.

“It may seem like a big fee increase, but the initial fee hasn’t been changed in two decades,” Bech said.

The proposed fee price is based on market analysis of similar opportunities in the State of California. The fee will only apply to overnight trips during the high-use quota season, which currently begins June 15 and ends October 15. Recreation.gov charges an additional $6.00 reservation fee for each permit.

“The fee would fund the restoration of heavily damaged areas, increase ranger presence, increase public education, improve trail access and expand the wildlife safety program,” Bech added. “If approved, the fee increase would take effect in 2023.”

Comments may be mailed to Bridgeport Ranger District, Recreation Staff Officer Nate Bech, PO Box 1000, Bridgeport, CA 93517 or hand delivered to the Bridgeport Ranger District at 75694 US-395, Bridgeport, CA, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed on federal holidays.

Electronic comments should be submitted in a format such as email, pdf, plain text (.txt), rich text (.rtf), or Word (.doc) format to: [email protected] Please put “Hoover Wilderness Permit Fee Increase Proposal” in the subject line. Comments must be received no later than Thursday, September 1, 2022.

First established as a “primitive area” in 1931, then as a wilderness area in 1957, the Hoover Wilderness was an early member of the National Wilderness Preservation System. It’s a spectacular piece of California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, bordering Yosemite National Park and is known for its mountainous terrain, sparkling alpine lakes and lush grasslands.

This wilderness area is managed by both the Humboldt-Toiyabe and Inyo National Forests. Night permit fees were established in the late 1990s and have not been updated since. The Bridgeport Ranger District maintains and patrols approximately 134 miles of trails in the Hoover Wilderness. More than 10,400 overnight permit users visited this wilderness area in 2021, with an average stay of 3.75 nights.

For more information on this project, please contact Nate Bech at [email protected]

The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004 allows the Forest Service to retain 95 percent of recreation fees collected to use these funds locally to operate, maintain and improve fee-based sites. All new or changed fees must be proposed and approved by a Citizen Recreation Resource Advisory Committee that represents a broad spectrum of recreational interests. Their recommendation will be submitted to the Regional Forester for final decision.