Fee Demo opposition

mzierhut at my-deja.com mzierhut at my-deja.com
Wed Feb 9 17:09:59 EST 2000

The opposition to the Recreational Fee Demonstration Program (a.k.a.
Fee Demo) has grown steadily since the creation of the Program.  This
federal program allows the Forest Service, Fish & Wildlife Service,
Bureau of Land Management, and Park Service to charge access and user
fees for citizens recreating on public lands.  For the Park Service,
this is not new, but for the other agencies, this completely changes
the 100 year-old legacy of lands held in the public trust.  For
background on this issue, go to http://www.freeourforests.org (Free Our
Forests),  or http://www.igc.org/sespewild (Keep the Sespe Wild
Committee), or http://www.wildwilderness.org (Wild Wilderness).

Free Our Forests, an activist group in Southern California specifically
protesting the U.S. Forest Service Recreation Fee Demonstration
Program, has compiled a list of organizations who have come out in
opposition to this program.  At the time of this posting, 125
organizations in most of the states where the program is in place,
including 19 national organizations, have been added to this list.
(Some of these organizations do not oppose fees in parks, and most do
not oppose fees at developed campgrounds that predate Fee Demo).  The
present list can be found on the Free Our Forests website at:
http://www.freeourforests.org/opposition.html .  This list also
includes 7 California governments who have passed resolutions against
the program and 12 Representatives who have come out in opposition to
the program.  The Riverside County Board of Supervisors in California
will vote on a resolution to oppose the program on February 8, which,
if they pass it, would bring the governments opposed up to 8.

A number of organizations beyond the assembled list of opposed
organizations have also been contacted and have either not responded
yet, or are sending the question of whether to put their names on this
list to the heads and/or members of their respective organizations.

If you are a member of an organization that is not on this list, can
speak for that organization, and would like it to be on the list,
contact Michael Zierhut at zierhutm at ojai.net.  Please give the name of
your organization and any other information you would like to provide.

Contact information would be very useful for coordinating the effort to
end the program; such information would not be disseminated publicly.

If you know of any more organizations who should be on this list,
contact them and ask them directly if they would like to be included
and have them pass the information on to Michael Zierhut.

-Michael Zierhut

Free Our Forests webmaster
zierhutm at ojai.net

p.s. Another item some might find interesting on the Free Our Forests
website is an archive (with an easy to read table of contents) of news
and events that have occurred relating to the U.S. Forest Service
Recreation Fee Demonstration Program since its inception.  This archive
can be found at: http://www.freeourforests.org/newsflash.htm .

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