Proposed Changes to Recreation Fees Identified by the Cleveland National Forest
Release Date: Aug 11, 2022
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – August 10, 2022. The Cleveland National Forest proposes increasing fees at six developed recreation sites. These proposals make recreation fees consistent throughout the State and ensure that fees are comparable to similar public and private sites in their respective areas.
The Forest operates and maintains 34 developed recreation sites, that generally offer visitor amenities like restrooms, trash collection, potable water, designated parking, and interpretive information.
The equestrian campgrounds have numerous amenities, such as large pull-through sites and corrals. The Corral Canyon and Bobcat Meadow campgrounds will see the most significant change in fee type. Historically, visitors could use an Adventure Pass, or Interagency passes for a campsite. This is atypical in the agency, so the Forest is aligning those to the standard campground fee structure. Visitors will no longer be able to use an Adventure Pass at those sites; however, holders of an Interagency Senior or Access Pass are eligible for a 50% discount for a single site.
The Cleveland National Forest is a popular destination for visitors within Southern California and nationally. A wide variety of recreational opportunities are available in the Cleveland National Forest, including hiking, mountain biking, off-highway vehicle riding areas, equestrian riding, camping, backpacking, and much more.
“Due to increasing popularity at our recreation sites, we are seeing a greater need for more staff presence and facility improvement projects to keep recreation sites fully functioning,” stated Scott Tangenberg, Forest Supervisor. “By increasing these fees, the Forest can invest this funding in deferred campground maintenance projects and hire additional personnel to help maintain facilities,” said Tangenberg.
Proposed Fee Changes by Site: see Press Release (below)
In 2004, Congress passed the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA), which allows the Forest Service to retain funds collected at certain recreation sites and use these funds locally to operate, maintain, and improve these sites. These additional funds and ninety-five percent of the revenue from recreation fees remain on the Forest to operate, maintain, and improve facilities. Raising the revenue collected through recreation fees would help the Forest improve infrastructure at campsites and day-use sites, reduce the backlog in deferred maintenance and hire additional recreation staff during the season of operation. The resource derived through the collection of fees helps provide quality recreation opportunities that meet the modern expectations of visitors and creates a more financially sustainable developed recreation program for the benefit of future generations.
Under REA, all new fees and any fee changes must be proposed and approved by a citizen’s advisory committee, Pacific Southwest Region Recreation Resources Advisory Committee. Committee members represent a broad array of recreation interest groups to help ensure that the Forest Service proposes reasonable and publicly acceptable new fees and fee changes.
The public is invited to comment on the proposed fee changes to the developed recreation program. The comment period is set to end by close of business on September 30, 2022. To ensure that your comments are considered, please send your comments no later than the above date to Cleveland National Forest, Attention: Joseph Raffaele, 10845 Rancho Bernardo Road,Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92127 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments can also be submitted online at https://www.fs.usda.gov/cleveland by utilizing a public comment mapping tool to comment on specific sites or to make a general comment on fee proposals at https://usfs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=f6a8f81baf2843c8bd96c8035d8cc3bc.
Oral comments must be provided in person at the Cleveland National Forest, during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) or by calling 619-889-2483 and indicating you would like to provide comments on the proposed recreation fee changes. For more information on the proposed project, visit our website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/cleveland.
Once public involvement is complete, the proposed fee changes will be reviewed by the Recreation Resource Advisory Committee during their Fall/Winter 2022 meeting, the exact meeting time, location, and agenda will be announced on their website and through local media.
To comment you can also fill out the form and mail it in.