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Proposed Changes to Recreation Fees Identified by the Prescott National Forest

 

Proposed Changes to Recreation Fees Identified by the  

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The Prescott National Forest is proposing to charge  new and increased fees at nine developed recreation sites.  Many day-use sites, overnight camping sites, and other recreation sites are managed without user fees currently on the forest. The Prescott National Forest Pass and the full suite of interagency passes will be honored at these new Forest Service day-use sites. Holders of Interagency Senior and Access passes are entitled to a 50% discount on campground fees. “We recognize how important these sites are to our local communities and those who use the sites. These fee increases will help us maintain the sites to the level and quality people have come to expect as well as make the fees more consistent throughout the state,” said Dale Deiter, Forest Supervisor for the Prescott National Forest. “During this public input period, we want to hear strategies and other ideas to help cut costs and leverage resources.” The proposed fees by site and Ranger District are listed in the below tables.

Verde Ranger District 
Site Name Site Type Current FeeProposed  Fee
Mingus  Mountain  Cabin Cabin Rental $0 $100 per night
Mingus  Campground  Vista BDay Use $0 $5 per vehicle
Mingus  Mountain  CampgroundCampground $10 Single  Site $14 Site with  Electric  Hookups$18 Single Site $24 Site with  Electric Hookups
Mingus  Mountain  Group  CampgroundGroup Campground $0 $75 (50 people)
Potato Patch  CampgroundCampground $28 Double  Site $18 Site with  Electric  Hookups$36 Double Site $24 Site with  Electric Hookups
Summit Day Use $0 $5 per vehicle
Bradshaw Ranger District 
Site  NameSite  TypeCurrent  FeeProposed Fee
Palace Station  CabinCabin Rental $0 $100 per night
White Spar  CampgroundCampground $14 Single Site $28 Double Site$18 Single Site $36 Double  Site
Yavapai  CampgroundCampground $18 Site with  Electric Hookups$24 Site with  Electric  Hookups

In 2004, Congress passed the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA) which allows the Forest Service to retain funds collected at certain recreation sites and use  these funds locally to operate, maintain, and improve these sites. These additional funds  along with ninety-five percent of the revenue from recreation fees remains on the forests  to operate, maintain, and improve facilities. Raising the revenue collected through recreation fees would help the forests improve infrastructure at campsites and day-use  sites and hire additional recreation staff during the season of operation. The resource  derived through collection of fees helps provide quality recreation opportunities that  meet the modern expectations of visitors and creates a more financial sustainable developed recreation program for the benefit of future generations. 

Under REA, all new fees and any fee changes must be proposed and approved by a citizen’s advisory committee. Committee members represent a broad array of recreation interest groups to help ensure that the Forest Service is proposing reasonable and  publicly acceptable new fees and fee changes. 

United States Department of Agriculture 

The public is invited to comment on the proposed fee changes to the developed  recreation program. The comment period is set to end by close of business on September 5, 2022. To ensure that your comments are considered, please send your comments no later than the above date to Prescott National Forest, Attention: Julie  Rowe, 344 S. Cortez St, Prescott, AZ 86303 or SM.FS.R3FeeProComm@usda.gov. You may also submit comments online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r3/RecFees which allows you to use a public comment mapping tool to comment on specific sites or make a  general comment on fee proposals. 

Oral comments must be provided in person at the Prescott National Forest to Julie Rowe during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). Please call 928- 856-2687 to schedule an appointment and indicate you would like to provide comments  on the proposed recreation fee changes. For more information on the proposed project, visit our website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/.  

Once public involvement is complete, the proposed fee changes will be reviewed by a Recreation Advisory Committee, who will submit their recommendation to the Regional Forester for a final decision.  

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