Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction, Colorado, is proposing to “celebrate” the NPS’s centennial by doubling their entrance fee. How festive!
Ventura County (CA)Star editorial asking why it took so long for the Forest Service to comply with federal law.
Noozhawk (Santa Barbara) article on the elimination of parking fees on southern California forest for hikers who don’t use developed facilities.
Santa Barbara online local news site article about the end of Adventure Pass fees for hikers who don’t use amenities. Judging from the many supportive comments, California citizens were sick of the program and glad to see it go.
Aspen Times article about the Forest Service continuing to deny that federal court rulings in one location have any force in another.
Ventura County (CA) Star article about the lawsuit settlement that establishes free parking for hikers within 1/2 mile of trailheads.
Lawsuit against the Adventure Pass in southern California ends in a big win for backcountry hikers.
E&E Daily special report on corruption and cronyism at the very top of the National Park Service.
The biggest new fee program in several years has been proposed for trail use in Utah’s Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. Despite a growing body of case law saying that there must be free parking available for access to hiking trails for those who don’t use developed facilities, the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache NF wants to charge everyone a parking fee before they can take a hike. A sampling of local media at links below.
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House hearing examines the Park Service culture, where ethics violations get you promoted, while reporting sexual harassment gets you fired.