U.S. Forest Service increases recreation fees May 1st

Pineville, LA – The U.S. Forest Service is increasing recreation fees across the Kisatchie National Forest in specific areas. These increases will go into effect May 1st.

The goal of these fee increases is to establish consistent pricing for developed sites on the Forest. The current prices on the Forest are extremely low and do not reflect the services and amenities available at the sites. The increased prices will also better align the Forest with other recreation providers offering similar services.

“We want to give our visitors the best possible experience and we believe these fee increases are reasonable to help maintain these facilities for future generations,” said Lisa Lewis, Forest Supervisor of the Kisatchie National Forest. “In addition, operation and maintenance costs have outpaced prices which were last established in 2001.”

The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004 allows the Forest Service to keep 80-95 percent of fees collected at recreation sites to remain local for improvements, operations, and maintenance.

“The direct beneficiary of all of this is the public,” Lewis said. “By keeping this recreation fee money specifically to maintain the recreation sites on the Kisatchie National Forest, we can maintain and improve these sites for the local community to enjoy for years to come.”

The Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (Recreation RAC) analyzes and provides recommendations on recreation fee proposals and increases. The Regional Forester ultimately makes a decision based on the Recreation RAC recommendations. The Recreation RAC is a citizen’s advisory committee that represents a broad array of recreational interests.

For more information about these increased fees or annual passes, please contact Stacy Blomquist, Public Affairs Specialist, at 318-473-7242, or by email at stacy.blomquist@usda.gov.