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Recreational fees on the rise

Of interest, a New York Times article published this morning, entitled “Recreation fees rising in wake of forest fires’ costs,” discusses the increase in recreation fees charged by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management in the western US since 2004.

“Federal officials say the fees are unavoidable because Congress has not increased financing for the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management even as the cost of fighting fires on public lands has consumed more of their budgets.”

Those opposed argue that public land is already supported by federal income taxes, and that recreationists are being charged to essentially take “a walk in the woods.”

In light of the debate, legislation is currently being considered to eliminate the fees. Read the article for more info.

(To Coloradoans: the highway up to Mt. Evans is specifically mentioned in the article.)

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