Gifford Pinchot National Forest Recreation Fee Change

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Current Information

Increasing costs of maintenance and other requirements are driving the need for the USDA Forest Service to create new or increase fees at Gifford Pinchot National Forest developed recreation sites. Gifford Pinchot National Forest’s fee changes include new fees, and fee increases, at multiple sites. The approved changes will be implemented in stages over the next few years. Some of the approved new and increased fees will begin to take effect on July 1 and Aug 1, 2023.

Review the final Recreation Fee Proposal approved by the RAC and Regional Forester in 2023.

Fee Proposal Process

In 2022 the Gifford Pinchot National Forest solicited public feedback on proposed changes to recreation fees under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. These proposed changes included new fees, and fee increases, at multiple sites including: 17-day use sites, one group day use site, ten campgrounds, three group campgrounds, and seven rental cabins. 

View the press release from July 15, 2022 that outlines the original Recreation Fee Proposal: 

Comments were accepted in the following ways:

The public comment period ended on October 07, 2022. Comments were collected and reviewed by U.S. Forest Service program managers and leadership. Based on public feedback, some elements of the original Recreation Fee Proposal were modified. 

The modified Recreation Fee Proposal was brought forward to the current the Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) during public meetings on March 9 and 10, 2023 for review and approval. The RAC members represent a broad array of recreation interest groups to help ensure that the Forest Service is proposing reasonable and publicly acceptable fee changes. 

View the amended Recreation Fee Proposal presented to the RAC:

After review and deliberation, the RAC approved a majority of the fee proposal but removed some proposed fee changes from the final proposal. The Regional Forester then reviewed and approved the final Recreation Fee Proposal which will be implemented over the next few years. 

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