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« on: August 02, 2007, 06:12:51 pm »

Sequoia NF Proposes Recreation Fee Increases For 2008
USDA Forest Service (USDA FS), Sequoia National Forest
Kern County Fire Department (KCFD)
USDI Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Contacts: Mary Cole, 559-784-1500 ext 1133
Sequoia National Forest Proposes Recreation Fee Increases For 2008

July 30, 2007. Recreation managers at the Sequoia National Forest are interested in hearing your comments on a proposal to increase fees at five campgrounds, three recreation rental cabins, one high impact recreation area, and one special recreation permit. These fees have not been raised since the Recreation Enhancement Act was signed into law in 1998. The proposed fee increases would be consistent with inflationary costs and more comparable to similar public and private sites in their respective areas. These proposed fee increases will help keep recreation sites open and available for visitors enjoyment. The proposed fee increases would affect:

* Horse Meadow, Troy Meadow, Fish Creek, and Kennedy Meadows campgrounds on the Kern Plateau;
* Lower Peppermint Campground on the Lloyd Road;
* Lake Isabella High Impact Recreation Area which encompasses the Auxiliary Dam, Old Isabella Road, and South Fork recreation areas;
* Camp 9 at Lake Isabella;
* Big Meadow, Camp 1/2, and Oak Flat Lookout overnight rentals;
* Forks of the Kern River Permit reservation fee for private whitewater boaters.

"We recognize how important these sites are to our local communities and those who use the sites. These fee increases will help us maintain the sites to the level and quality people have come to expect," said Tina Terrell, Forest Supervisor.

In 2004, Congress passed the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, which allows the Sequoia National Forest to keep 95 percent of fees collected and use these funds to operate, maintain, and improve these recreation sites and services.

All fee change proposals will be presented before a citizen's advisory committee, called the Forest Service Recreation Resource Advisory Committee, or RRAC. Committee members represent a broad array of recreation interest groups to help ensure that the Forest Service is proposing reasonable and publicly acceptable fee changes. Committee members will help ensure that the Forest Service addresses public issues and concerns about recreation fees. The public is welcome to attend and comment at all advisory committee meetings. This committee is expected to have its first meeting in July 2007. For more information on the RRAC in California or the fee program see the website: www.fs.fed.us/r5/passes/rrac/.

Schedule of Workshops:
Forest Supervisors Office
1839 S. Newcomb
Porterville
August 1, 4:00 pm - 6:00pm

Hume Lake District Ranger Office
35860 East Kings Canyon Road
Dunlap
August 8, 4:00 pm - 6:00pm

Lake Isabella Senior Center,
6405 Lake Isabella Blvd
Lake Isabella
August 16, 4:00 pm - 6:00pm

Beale Library
701 Truxtun
Bakersfield
August 18, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Kerr Mc Gee Community Center
100 W. California Ave.
Ridgecrest
August 28, 4:00 pm - 6:00pm

For more information, questions or comments about any of these fee change proposals, please contact Mary Cole at 559-784-1500, extension 1133, or at 1839 S. Newcomb St., Porterville CA 93257.
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