Understanding the Proposal to Change Fees on Some Recreation Sites

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The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest manages nearly 1.8 million acres and provides recreation opportunities for over ¾ million visitors to sites and opportunities on the Forest. Our developed recreation program is only one segment of the overall program that the Forest manages to meet the growing recreation needs of our visitors. 

Imnaha Guard StationWithin the developed recreation program on the RRSNF, the Forest manages over 100 sites that provide restroom facilities and some level of site improvement. These site improvements may include picnic tables, fire rings, information kiosks, etc. These sites include trailheads, day use areas, campgrounds, cabins, lookouts, and overlooks--all of which require some level of care and maintenance. 

For a number of years, we have heard from our visitors that recreation is important and that more opportunities are needed on the RRSNF. They have also expressed that they want better maintained facilities. 

We are currently working on developing more sustainable programs across the spectrum to continue to meet those needs.  Many of our processes in getting to that sustainable program run concurrent based on the availability of opportunities at the time.  The RRSNF began outreach and notification of this process in June 2017, with posting of information at the sites that were being included in the proposal. 

Frequently Asked Questions: So Far, What Are People Asking?

Before we get started, take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page--it might help answer questions you're already having! Since You Asked: FAQs

Which Sites are Included in the Proposed Changes?

The overall summary is:  

• Offering three new lookout and cabin rentals;

• Increasing fees at 10 existing cabins or lookouts;

• Conversion of five small campgrounds that have seven or fewer individual campsites into single group camping facilities;

• Increasing fees at four existing group campsites;

• Adding 10 day-use fee sites, where an annual Northwest Forest Pass or National Interagency Pass would be accepted;

• Adding new fees at six campgrounds and adjusting fees at 16 others; and

• Adjusting extra vehicle fees to 50 percent of the rate of the campsite fee in all fee campgrounds.

All of the proposed fee changes and site specifics can be viewed here.

How Do I Submit a Comment and Help Provide Meaningful Long-Term Solutions?

The RRSNF is accepting comments through February 16, 2018. You can either email them, or provide them via standard mail.

Email comments to: Rogue_River-Siskiyou_RecFee@fs.fed.us  

Submit written comments to: Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, ATTN: Recreation Fees, 3040 Biddle Road, Medford, OR 97504.

What Exactly is a Resource Advisory Committee??

Citizens involvement is important to the work we do! There are a variety of ways the public can become involved in how we do our work. Advisory committees, with members from nearly every occupational and industry group and geographic location, have played an important role in accomplishing the Forest Service mission. Read more HERE.