2017 01 24 Coronado National Forest Making Fee Changes

The Coronado NF has started yet another review of their developed recreation sites to decide which ones to close and which ones should increase fees. We first saw these reviews in 2006, under the name Recreation Site Facility Management Planning (RSFMP). After public controversy erupted they changed the name to Recreation Facility Analysis (RFA). In 2016 they changed the name again, to Recreation Site Analysis (RSA). Now they’re calling it Restructuring Developed Recreation (RDR). All these acronyms and name changes are nothing but lipstick on a pig. It’s always been about making recreation pay its own way in fees or shutting it down. A series of public meetings is being held, but as usual that is theater. They’re gonna do this.

2017 01 11 Fees Going Up On Arapaho-Roosevelt

The Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest uses a private concessionaire, American Land and Leisure, to operate all their campgrounds. Keeping these concessionaires profitable is the Forest Service’s priority, not keeping prices low for the public to be able to enjoy these taxpayer-built facilities. That’s why when AL&L wants a price increase, they get a price increase. Public input be damned.

2016 11 10 Colorado Governor Disbands Fee Oversight Committee

Governor John Hickenlooper has successfully requested a waiver from the USDA to the requirement for an advisory committee to review Forest Service fee proposals in Colorado. The committee has not been able to attract applicants for several years – or at least not the applicants they want, i.e. the ones who will approve everything. Now the agency can impose new and increased fees without even the illusion of public oversight.