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"Wild Wilderness believes that America's public recreation lands are a
national treasure that must be financially supported by the American
people and held in public ownership as a legacy for future generations."

For the past 100 years, our nation's public lands have been managed so as to maximize the commodity value that could be extracted from them. Today, a major shift in federal land management policy is being developed and implemented. Instead of extracting commodities from nature, nature itself is being converted into a commodity to be repackaged, marketed and sold in the form of value-added recreation products.

On this website you will discover how conservative Congressmen, cash-strapped land managers, and recreation industry leaders are working cooperatively to create an entirely new land management paradigm. Their efforts are being directed toward maximal "commercialization, privatization and motorization" of our natural heritage. The name best used to describe their vision for the 21st century and beyond is:

"Industrial Strength Recreation"

  The Opportunity

The Solution   (Industry's Solution, NOT Ours!)


"Fee-Demo" Era Ends
"RAT" Era Begins

The Recreation Fee Demonstration Program (Fee-Demo) effectively ended on November 21, 2004 when Congress authorized the new "Recreation Access Tax" (RAT). RAT should be thought of as Fee-Demo on steroids.

For most current information click here.
To read the "Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act"
click here for PDF or click here for HTML or click here for Microsoft Word.
To learn how the USFS intents to implement the RAT, click here.
For current RAT-related news click here
Download trailhead survey form and groundtruth the RAT.
Download Initial Report of Rat Surveys (10/05).



To see a guide to this very large web site click here.


Focus Issue

Take Action

Primary Supporting Documents Wilderness and Recreation Issues
Additional Supporting Materials What Can We Do?
Analysis of the Issue Support Wild Wilderness
Links to Articles and Organizations Action Alerts and Smoking Guns
Recreation Access Tax (RAT) in the News Wreckreation in the News


"Little Wilderness will be the battle ground upon which the future of Big Wilderness will eventually be determined. When we treat Big Wilderness like Little Wilderness and Little Wilderness like Parks and Parks like playgrounds . . . the battle for the wild will have been lost."

  For more info: Scott Silver (ssilver@wildwilderness.org) 

Wilderness 248 NW Wilmington Avenue, Bend, OR 97701
Phone  (541) 385-5261

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