The Kisatchie National Forest is located in the central areas of Louisiana.
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Passes & Permits

The Federal Land Recreation Enhancement Act (REA) was signed into law by President Bush on December 8, 2004 (PL 108-447). The 10-year Act authorizes the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture to establish, modify, charge, and collect recreation fees at Federal recreation lands and waters as provided for in the Act. 

The Interagency Pass Program authorized by REA is the "America the Beautiful" program. The former paper Golden Age and Access Passes are replaced with a new plastic, more durable Passport. The requirements for obtaining these passes remain the same and are listed in the chart below.

Interagency and Forest-Wide Recreation Passes

  • The America the Beautiful Interagency passes are valid at sites and areas where entrance fees and standard amenity fees are required.  The Golden Age and Golden Access passports are still valid but can be replaced free of charge with new Passes.

2012 Pass Summary

Note:

An applicant must present one of the following 3 documents to verify permanent disability or blindness:

a. A document issued by a Federal agency providing Federal benefits, such as the Veteran's Administration, which attests that the applicant has been medically determined to be eligible to receive Federal benefits as a result of blindness or permanent disability. Other acceptable Federal agency documents include proof of receipt of Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

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b. A statement signed by a licensed physician attesting that the applicant has been medically determined to have a permanent physical, mental, or sensory impairment that severely limits one or more major life activities, and specifying the nature of the impairment;

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c. A document issued by a State vocational rehabilitation agency, which attests that the applicant has been medically determined to be eligible to receive vocational rehabilitation agency benefits or services as a result of medically determined blindness or permanent disability.

Showing a State motor vehicle department disabled sticker, license plate or hangtag is NOT acceptable documentation.

The officer issuing the Pass shall not evaluate whether an applicant is blind or permanently disabled but will only determine if the documentation provided is adequate.

PASS PROGRAM OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW

The Federal Land Recreation Enhancement Act (REA) was signed into law by President Bush on December 8, 2004 (PL 108-447). The 10-year Act authorizes the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture to establish, modify, charge, and collect recreation fees at Federal recreation lands and waters as provided for in the Act.

Many recreation activities and sites are still free such as general access, traveling through areas where no facilities or services are used, access to overlooks or scenic pullouts, undesignated parking areas without facilities, parking, picnicking along roads or trails, and for users under the age of 16 (standard amenity fees only).

Recreation fees are not new to the Forest Service. Since the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act was passed in 1964, the Forest Service has had the authority to charge recreation fees for activities such as camping in developed campgrounds. Through the Granger-Thye authority, the Forest Service has provided the public with opportunities to rent administrative sites such as cabins or lookouts for a fee.

REA establishes the development and implementation of national interagency recreation passes called "America the Beautiful -- National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes". These passes are also known as the "Interagency Passes." 

REA benefits visitors to federal public lands by:

  • Reinvesting a majority of revenue back to the site of collection;
  • Providing an interagency pass program that reduces confusion;
  • Providing more opportunities for public involvement in determining recreation fee sites and fees;
  • Providing focused criteria and limits on areas and sites where recreation fees can be charged; and
  • Providing more opportunities for cooperation with gateway communities through fee management agreements for visitor and recreation services, emergency medical services and law enforcement services.

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