Here are just a few excellent reasons
!!! BOYCOTT !!!
THE FOREST SERVICE
We know you can come up with many more of your own...
Access to public lands is deliberately being manipulated for the
benefit of campground associations, private concessionaires, manufacturers
and users of motorized sports vehicles, and giant tourist and recreation
Congressional budgetary cuts are intentionally creating a maintenance
crisis for federally managed recreation lands and facilities.
The rescue of a badly decayed system of National Parks and recreational
lands, through private corporate investment, is the planned outcome
of this strategy.
This fee program was developed by a collaboration of anti- environmental
'wise-use' leaders and sympathetic legislators. Although maintenance
funds are badly needed, this is NOT the fair, equitable, or correct way
to raise them!
A highly influential business consortium called American Recreation
Coalition (ARC) is PAYING to implement this trail fee program
on your Public Lands and they are counting on enormous returns for their
ARC's ultimate objective is to acquire for its corporate benefactors,
'rights' to develop and operate recreational facilities upon these Public
This trail fee program is only a first step. More regressive, costly,
and pro-motorized-use programs will follow this demonstration program.
Future enjoyment of, and access to, all federal recreational lands
will be decided by legislation coming up in the summer of 2004. Passage of new laws
will be extremely dependent upon how the public responds to this 'trial
balloon' program. Now is the time to complain. Because if you don't, these
laws will Motorize, Commercialize, and Privatize America's remaining
unspoiled mountains, lakes and trails . . . forevermore.
In late November of 2004, the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program
(Fee-Demo) was replaced with a more aggressive, expanded, and generally
worse program known as the "Recreation Access Tax" [ RAT ]. Fee-Demo is dead, though for now, the RAT lives on.
Call or write the U.S. Forest Service, your Congressmen, President
George Bush or whomever you think might help. Tell them why you object
to this "Demonstration Fee Program." Display the "No Trail Fee"
sticker (illustrated above) on your car windshield. Sign the attached petition from the Washington state
organization "Free Our Forests," and gather additional signatures.
And, if you dare, engage in a little civil disobedience. Go hiking
without a permit!
This Alert was prepared by Wild Wilderness, a grassroots organization
involved in recreational issues since 1991. Our Mission is to "Protect
and Enhance Opportunities for Undeveloped Recreation."
For more information, or to obtain a free "No Trail Fee" sticker,
contact Wild Wilderness
at (541) 385-5261.