ARC Updates 11-24-04

ARC Updates

Congress Replaces National Recreation Fee Demonstration Program

Park Service Announces Temporary Winter Use Plans Finding of No Significant Impact Approved

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Congress Replaces National Recreation Fee Demonstration Program

The National Recreation Fee Demonstration Program,created in 1996 as a three-year experiment, will soon be replaced by a newrecreation fee program covering five federal agencies and providing a ten-year fee authorization. The new Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, created under Section J of HR 4818, the omnibus appropriations measure for Fiscal Year 2005, is based upon legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Ralph Regula (OH-16) and amended and approved by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Resources. Mr. Regula played a central role in the development of the fee demo program and its extension as the Congress sought to craft long-term recreation fee policy. The new federal recreation fee program enjoys support from most recreation and tourism interests, largely because the required retention of at least 80% of collected fees at local sites should result in improved visitor experiences. Click here, for more key provisions.

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Park Service Announces Temporary Winter Use Plans Finding of No Significant Impact Approved

The National Park Service approved winter use plans for Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway that provides visitors with a range of winter recreational opportunities for a three-year period while protecting park resources. A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Temporary Winter Use Plans Environment Assessment ensures that park resources are protected and allows for the use of snowmobiles and snowcoaches in the parks on roads that automobiles use in the summer. For more information, click here.

For more information, contact:
American Recreation Coalition
1225 New York Ave, NW, Suite 450
Washington, DC 20005
202-682-9530, Fax: 202-682-9529
arc@funoutdoors.com
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