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: (Outlines the Recreation Fee Proposal) 

Changes to Recreation Fees Proposed by the Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Cambios a las tarifas de recreación propuestos por el Bosque Nacional Gifford Pinchot

Предложения по поводу изменений в рекреационных сборах, разработанные Национальным лесом имени Гиффорда Пинчота   

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 extended to October 07, 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:

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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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