The Adventure Pass (So. Cal.) and Trail Park Pass (Pacific NW) are just two of the many changes due to the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program. There is, however, far more to Fee-Demo than just new fees for hiking, climbing, picnicking, and bird watching...
"The goal of the Forest Service is to provide
the highest quality outdoor recreation settings."
Floyd Thompson, USDA - Forest Service,
(the following passage is one continuous direct quote)
Office of Recreation, Heritage and Wilderness Resources
Another key impact on tourism is the new Recreation Fee
Demonstration Program. Many areas are now charging fees and
having those fees returned to the site where collected thanks to
this innovative congressional program. Many tourism industries
are effected by these in the short term, but long term the fee
revenues help to perpetuate the special places and facilities
people require to visit these areas. Fee Demo Projects span a
wide range of emerging tourism opportunities for National
Heritage Expeditions explores “cultural tourism” models for
special intimate adventures to historic sites with experts in the
field — funds collected return to help protect these areas.
Naturewatch tours and interpretive viewing tours are paving the
way for new “ecotourism” opportunities on National Forests.
Special Christmas tree cutting programs show the way in
“agritourism” models and ways to return revenues back into
Wilderness and River permit use fees provide much needed
enhancements for quality on-site educational programs and
protection of sensitive areas. These funds help make these areas
accessible to the ecotourism visitors, where without them they
would be closed for lack of resources to manage use in the area.
Climbing programs, ORV programs and special horse and mountain
bike trails systems are being enhanced and made available through
the fee program.
Marketing plans and business plans are now becoming part of the
Forest Service lingo. Travel and tourism is being recognized as
one of the major benefits of National Forests. Outfitter and
Guide service operations and other private concessions are now
being seen more as partners in serving our forest visitors.
Collaboration with communities to set common visions for tourism
potential and development in their areas is now part of the way
business is done. Greater interagency efforts are now underway
with NRCS, and the Rural Community Assistance Program in several
areas around the country to increase joint efforts to support
responsible tourism within public lands. The future looks bright
for our National Forest’s and the role they can play in providing
quality tourism opportunities for centuries to come.
NATIONAL EXTENSION TOURISM CONFERENCE ‘98
TOURISM INNOVATIONS: DEVELOPMENTS, POLICY & MARKETS May 17-19, 1998
This document was prepared by Wild
Wilderness. To learn more about ongoing industry-backed congressional
efforts to motorize, commercialize, and privatize America's public lands,
Scott Silver, Executive Director,
248 NW Wilmington Avenue, Bend OR 97701
Phone (541) 385-5261 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org