Gifford Pinchot National Forest Recreation Fee Proposal

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is soliciting public feedback on proposed changes to recreation fees under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA). These changes include new fees and fee increases at multiple sites, and several special recreation permit fees (new and increase) including: 17-day use sites, one group day use site, ten campgrounds, three group campgrounds, and seven rental cabins.

Press release July 15, 2022: Changes to Recreation Fees Proposed by the Gifford Pinchot National Forest

We want to hear from you!

We are now accepting public comments on proposed changes to the management of the developed recreation program. These changes will impact campgrounds and day-use sites on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Comment period ends Sept. 16, 2022.

Proposed changes include new, increased fees at recreation sites and for certain recreation activities. These changes will help improve and maintain recreation facilities, routes and help create new opportunities!

Comments will be accepted in the following ways:

  • Comment cards available at your local Forest Service Office or download a comment card (.pdf) online. 
  • By mail to: Gifford Pinchot National Forest Headquarters, Attn: Recreation Fees, 987 McClellan Rd, Vancouver, WA 98661
  • Email: sm.fs.gpnfrecfees@usda.gov
  • On the interactive mapping tool public comment site: usfs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=3aaab599927c4757a4433a727b600012
  • Public Meetings:  
    • Packwood, WA
      • Packwood Community Center, 12935 US-12, Packwood, WA 98361
      • Tuesday August 2, 4:30pm-6:00pm
    • Stevenson, WA
      • Stevenson Community Library, 120 NW Vancouver Ave, Stevenson, WA 98648
      • Tuesday August 9, 4:00pm-5:45pm
    • Facebook Live - Recreation Fee Proposal - Virtual Town Hall Meeting, Thursday August 18, 4pm-6pm.

Interactive Mapping Tool

1) Select Gifford Pinchot National Forest tab, and 2) scroll down to get the forest specific map with site locations.

*View full interactive mapping tool public comment site in a new browser.

 

Background

Located in southwest Washington State, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest encompasses 1,312,000 acres and includes the 110,000-acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The Forest has operated a recreation fee program since 1997. During the past 25 years, the fee program has undergone numerous changes due to public input, legislative action, and program development. The fee program helps provide funds to operate the Forest's challenging recreation program, meet public expectations for high quality recreation opportunities, and address deferred maintenance.

While the revenue derived from fees is a critical component, it is only part of a more comprehensive funding strategy that includes appropriated dollars, grants and agreements, and partner and volunteer support.

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