Park use fee stays

first_imgU.S. Forest Service officials decided not to repeal Southern California’s Adventure Pass program in the wake of a federal court ruling about forest fees. “The judge’s order does not apply to other High Impact Recreation Areas on the Coronado \, or to any other HIRAs in the National Forest system,” Matt Mathes, USFS spokesman said. The Sept. 5 court decision dismissed two $30 tickets against hiker Chris Wallace, who had not paid the $5 daily use fees required to use the Mount Lemmon area of Arizona’s Coronado National Forest. In his ruling, Judge Charles Pyle decreed that the 2005 Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act prohibited the Forest Service from charging visitors to Mount Lemmon who did not use forest facilities or services. The U.S. attorney is appealing the ruling, Mathes said. “In 2004, the Angeles National Forest took in almost three-quarters of a million dollars from sales. We have been using the money to do the things that people have been specifically telling us they have been unhappy about,” he said. “There is a noticeable difference in the way that our trails and campsites are being maintained in California.” [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleMany parts of the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres and San Bernardino National forests in Southern California require forest users to pay a fee similar to Mount Lemmon’s, called the Adventure Pass, regardless of whether they use Forest Service facilities. The areas requiring fees, known as High Impact Recreation Areas, are designated by the Forest Service as having heavy recreational use and amenities like paved parking lots, restrooms or interpretive signs. Broad stretches of the San Gabriel Mountains require an Adventure Pass – which is displayed on vehicle windshields – for use. “There needs to be some sort of facility there, some sort of recreational enhancement – and that can be a permanent garbage container,” Mathes said. “Somewhere within that area, those facilities exist.” The Adventure Pass program represents a significant revenue source for the Southern California forests, Mathes said. last_img

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