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Public Comments Needed for U.S. Forest Service Proposed Shooting Range Recreation Fee Changes in the Conecuh and Tuskegee National Forests

(Montgomery, AL) March 21, 2018----The Forest Service is interested in hearing your comments on proposed fee increases at shooting ranges in the Conecuh National Forest and Tuskegee National Forest. Revenues from increased fees would help ensure these sites receive needed improvements and are maintained for years to come.  

The Forest Service proposes to increase the following fees: 

Conecuh Shooting Range (Conecuh National Forest)

Current fee: License | Proposed fee: $5 per person

Uchee Shooting Range (Tuskegee National Forest)

Current fee: $3 per person | Proposed fee: $5 per person 

Current fee: $30.00 annual pass | Proposed fee: $50.00 annual pass

Current pricing at Forest sites have remained static for over a decade and have not kept pace with other recreation sites with similar services and amenities. The goal of these proposed changes are to establish consistent pricing for developed recreation sites for all National Forests in Alabama and to provide extra value for forest visitors. 

Of the recreation fees collected, 80-95 percent remain on the forest to operate, maintain and improve the facilities and programs at the recreation sites. The proposed fee changes bring the Forest fees into better alignment with other private and public campgrounds, and will help the recreation sites be more financially sustainable. If these fee proposals are approved, the increase would go into effect this year.

The fee increase proposal will be presented to the Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (RAC), which helps ensure the Forest Service addresses public issues and concerns about recreation fees. A decision has not been made on this proposal.

Please provide your input regarding the proposed fee increase. Use the “contact us” feedback feature on the Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/alabama to submit a comment. Or, share your comments by writing: National Forests in Alabama, Attn: Recreation Fee Program, 2946 Chestnut Street, Montgomery, AL. 36107; email comments to pa_alabama@fs.fed.us; or call (334) 727-2652 (Tuskegee District) or (334) 222-2555 (Conecuh District). Comments must be received before April 30, 2018.

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Man with earphones shooting gun

Conecuh National Forst Shooting Range





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