National passes cover entrance fees found a federal recreation areas such as National Parks and wildlife refuges. They also cover the use of facilities and services at many day use sites on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands. There are several pass options to consider. To make the best choice on which pass to purchase, you should think about your recreation plans for the next year.
Today, our growing population and mobile society have created a demand for a variety of uses of these federal lands. Often these diverse needs require specific approval. The Agency's special-uses program authorizes uses on National Forest System (NFS) land that provide a benefit to the general public and protect public and natural resources values. Special Use Permits grant certain rights or privileges to occupy and use a specific area. These permits contain specific terms and conditions that the permit holder must follow. They are issued to profit and non-profit organizations and include:
Group activities that have 75 or more people or if a fee is collected for the activity
Outfitting and guiding
Recreation events, such as weddings, family reunions and bicycle races
"Special Uses" provides services supporting our national policy and federal land laws by authorizing uses on NFS land, other than the typical small-scale uses (recreation, camping, etc) enjoyed by the public. Special uses may involve everything from water transmission, agriculture, outfitting and guiding, recreation, telecommunication, research, photography and video productions, granting road and utility rights-of-ways. and much more. Normally, Forest Service land is not made available if the overall needs of the individual or business can be met on nonfederal lands