Understanding the Fee Changes on Some Recreation Sites

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: What Did People Ask?

Take look at the Frequently Asked Questions page that we made during the public input process. It might help answer your questions! Since You Asked: FAQs

Which Sites Will See Fee Changes?

See the changes, by County:

The overall summary is:  

• Offering three new lookout and cabin rentals;

Increased fees at 10 existing cabins or lookouts;

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

Increased fees at four existing group campsites;

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

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

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

Did the Public Provide Input?

Written comments were accepted through February 16, 2018 and were incorporated into the proposals, where applicable. In addition, public comments were being heard at the Resource Advisory Committee meetings held in Roseburg (April 4, 2018) and Gold Beach (April 25, 2018).

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.