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    Author(s): David N. Bengston; David P. Fan
    Date: 2000
    Source: SARR Conference Proceedings. p. 31-38. (2000)
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: North Central Research Station
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    The Recreation Fee Demonstration Program (RFDP) is a pilot program authorized by Congress in 1996. The RFDP allows the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, and the United States Department of the Interior Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Fish and Wildlife Service to experiment with new or increased fees at up to 100 recreation sites per agency. The RFDP has sparked a public debate about the merits and demerits of charging fees for recreation on public lands. This study analyzed the debate about the RFDP on national forests that is expressed in a large electronic database of news media stories. Analysis of the news media is a way to quickly and efficiently take the pulse of the public on a variety of social issues. We used the patented InfoTrend method and software to code the text for frequency of expression of beliefs supporting favorable and unfavorable attitudes toward the RFDP.

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    Begston, David N.; Fan, David P. 2000. The Public Debate about the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program on the U.S. Nation Forests1. SARR Conference Proceedings. p. 31-38. (2000)


    Recreation Fee Demonstration Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Land Management

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