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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 15:37

Fee increases proposed in the Pisgah-Nantahala

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The U.S. Forest Service has proposed increases to recreation fees at sites throughout the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest, with public comment on the changes accepted through Monday, Sept. 25.

Current fees haven’t changed for more than a decade and have not kept pace with other recreation sites offering similar services and amenities, according to the Forest Service. In addition, many sites have been recently improved or upgraded.

Proposed fee changes include increasing camping fees to $10, $15 or $20 per night, depending on amenities. Day use areas such as picnic sites, trailheads and swim sites would increase to $3 or $5. Shooting ranges would increase to $5.

After public comment is received, the Forest Service will assess the comments and concerns and then present its fee proposals to the Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee in the fall. The committee will make recommendations on the proposals, and the regional forester will make a final decision. The Recreation Resource Advisory Committee is composed of citizens representing a broad array of recreation interests.

The Forest Service is allowed to keep 80-95 percent of fees collected to operate, maintain and improve the recreation sites that produce them.

For a complete list of proposed changes, visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/nfsnc/2017recfeeproposals. Send comments to Logan Free at 828.257.4256, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ATTN: Recreation Fee Proposals; 160A Zillicoa Street; Asheville, N.C. 28801.

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