Colorado sheds committee review of pay-to-play proposals on U.S. Forest Service land
November 10, 2016
The cash-strapped U.S. Forest Service now can pursue recreational fees in Colorado without an advisory committee vetting its pay-to-play proposals.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday approved an exemption request by Gov. John Hickenlooper that allows the Forest Service to establish and collect fees from users of federal recreational land without review by a Recreation Resource Advisory Committee, or RAC. The Federal Land Recreation Enhancement Act, which allows federal land managers to charge fees to help manage impacts in high-traffic recreation areas, requires a RAC. But the act allows an exemption if a governor asks.
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“This does give us more direct access and opportunities to talk to people who will be locally affected.”Jim BedwellU.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region Director of Recreation, Lands, Minerals and Volunteers
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