For the first time since the fee programs were implemented in 1996, the Forest Service is accepting comments about the way it is implementing the program. Everything, from the way the Forest Service allows concessionaires to collect fees that the Forest Service itself is prohibited from collecting, to the formerly proposed 14ers fees, all can be commented on directly to the Forest Service. The email address is:
This is part of the Forest Service's response to its loss in the US v Smith case in Arizona, where the court found that that Forest Service could not charge for parking in a "High Impact Recreation Area" (HIRA), as on Mt. Evans.
Its always a good idea to send a copy of your comments to the Western Slope No Fee Coalition at email@example.com
Some related reading would be:
A well written opt-ed concerning the privatization of the Payson district of the Tonto National Forest in Arizona.
Story about the Forest Service's loss in Arizona
Fees proposed for Colorado 14ers
Video describing the Forest Service's fee collection program on Mt. Evans, Colorado circa 2010.
Thanks to all who have taken the time to comment over the years. Although you may not see it, your comments have prevented many, many areas from going the way of the fee. Its always a good idea to send a copy of your comments to the
Western Slope No Fee Coalition at firstname.lastname@example.org
Colorado 14ers access and fee issues only, please
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