Resource Advisory Committees

The Eastern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (RRAC) is a citizen's Federal Advisory Committee that provides recommendations on creating new or changing existing recreation fees managed by the Forest Service in the Eastern Region. Eastern Region RRAC is comprised of 11 members as authorized under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, which was signed in to law in December of 2004. Recommendations from the Eastern Region RRAC are combined with other public notification and communication efforts to help the Forest Service make sound decisions regarding recreation fees.

Dates of Future Meetings

  • No meetings are planned for 2019.

Recreation RAC Members

No members are appointed at this time. The Eastern Region is waiting for applications to be vetted and approved by USDA. They anticipate a meeting with all new members during the winter of 2019/2020.

Current Fee Proposals

The Monongahela National Forest is interested in hearing your comments on the following:

Proposed fee changes include Bear Heaven Campground would increase from $5 to $10 per night.  Laurel Fork Campground would increase from $8 to $10 per night. Red Creek Campground would increase from $11 to $15 per night. In addition, the proposal includes a new fee of $100 for a daily reservation at Seneca Rocks Picnic Shelter. This shelter, constructed in 2017 near the Sites Homestead at the base of Seneca Rocks, includes a pedestal grill and is handicap accessible.

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The Huron-Manistee National Forests are considering a proposal to charge new recreation fees at the following campsites and day use areas:

A new day use fee of $5 per vehicle is proposed for Iargo Springs Interpretive Site, McKinley Horse Trailhead, Luzerne Horse Trailhead, and Eagle Run Cross Country Ski Trailhead.

New camping fees of $10 per night are proposed for Red Bridge Access, Sulak Recreation Area, McKinley Horse Trail Campsites, Buttercup Backcountry Campsites, Cathedral Pines Backcountry Group Campsite, Meadow Springs Backcountry Campsites, Bear Island Backcountry Campsites, River Dune Backcountry Campsites, Luzerne Horse Trail Campground, and Government Landing Access Campsites.

New group campground fees of $45 per night are proposed for the group sites at AuSable Loop Recreation Area Campground, Mack Lake ORV Campground, Kneff Lake Recreation Area, and Gabions Campground.

New group campground fees of $60 per night are proposed for the group sites at McKinley Horse Trail Campground, Luzerne Horse Trail Campground, and River Road Horse Trail Camp.

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