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of Forest Service and BLM backcountry access fees!
A California resident is fed up with the Sequoia National Forest charging fees the courts have said are illegal, and is taking them back to court to get them to stop. Read about the case HERE.
LAWSUIT FILED challenging the Adventure Pass fee program in southern California. Details HERE.
LAWSUIT FILED to challenge the Forest Service policy of using private concessionaires to evade federal recreation fee laws. Details HERE.
VICTORY! Federal Appeals Court issues sweeping ruling overturning fees for parking, trail use, dispersed camping, and scenic overlooks! Read the ruling HERE.
Take Action to Repeal the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act!
Listen to the podcast about the approval of 72 new and increased fees on three National Forests in Oregon and Washington!
The Western Slope No-Fee Coalition is a broad-based organization consisting of diverse interests including hiking, biking, boating, equestrian and motorized enthusiasts, community groups, local and state elected officials, conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats, and just plain citizens. We have members and member groups in 33 states.
Our goals are:
To eliminate recreation fees for general access to public lands managed by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management
To eliminate backcountry fees and interpretive program fees in National Parks, once an Entrance Fee has been paid
To require more accountability within the land management agencies
To encourage Congress to adequately fund our public lands
The Western Slope No-Fee Coalition supports passage of The Fee Repeal and Expanded Access Act, sponsored by Senator Max Baucus. Under the Fee Repeal Act, policies that worked well for over thirty years under the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 will be reinstated, and the decade-long failed experiment with recreation user fees will end.
At this site you can learn about the history and current status of recreation user fees, read related laws, read press coverage of the fee issue from around the country, and find out how to take action to help restore the American heritage of public access to public lands.