Recreation Accomplishments - Your dollars at work.
Every year the Forest Service collects recreation fees for a variety of facilities and services. These revenues are retained locally by each national forest to operate and maintain campgrounds, trails, visitor centers and more. Besides routine operation and maintenance, forests chip away at major projects to reduce back log maintenance. The Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest Region is proud of their accomplishments and would like to share them with you.
Enhancing Your Northwest Experience
Recreation managers provide top-quality recreation experiences in the Pacific Northwest. Every year they:
Cut out trees from trails:
Replace old, damaged or vandalized signs;
Repair or replace bridges;
Fix old or install new picnic tables;
Clear and remove encroaching brush;
Ensure campgrounds are clean;
Prepare cabin rentals for a season of use; and more.
Most of this work is not, and should not be, noticeable. But it still takes a lot of planning, person-power, and, of course, money.
Recreation fees increase the ability of managers to accomplish this work. Simply put, the majority -- 80-95 percent -- of proceeds from recreation fees goes right back into maintaining and improving the trails, land and facilities you use most.
That's easy: you do. We fund projects based on public feedback, which has told us that the priorities are:
Improving Safety and Security
How Do You Make My Dollar Go Even Farther?
A portion of proceeds are used to match grants, fund volunteer efforts, and create partnerships. Partnerships include dozens of youth organizations that provide trail and campground maintenance and help hundreds of young people understand and appreciate the forest environments. These programs add millions to the value of the funds.
How Can I Learn More?
Each year National Forests in Oregon and Washington produce a report showing the dollars collected and the projects they supported. These accomplishment reports are below.
Let Us Hear From You!
Public concerns and attitudes have been taken very seriously and have helped shape the fee program in the Pacific Northwest Region. Feel free to contact us through our on-line comment card or the local forest contact identified on each Forest Accomplishment Report.
Local Forest Accomplishments
Take a look at what your Recreation Fee Revenues accomplished on your favorite Forest.
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Colville National Forest
Deschutes National Forest
Fremont-Winema National Forests
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Malheur National Forest
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Mt. Hood National Forest
Ochoco National Forest
Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest's
Olympic National Forest
Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
Siuslaw National Forest
Umatilla National Forest
Umpqua National Forest
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
Willamette National Forest