Recreation Fee-Demo Action Alert
By Carol Tucker, Conservation Chair

Friends: Below is a Recreation Fee-Demo Action Alert from our good friends at Keep the Sespe Wild. Please use this opportunity to tell Congress you oppose the Fee-Demo program and want to see the test program terminated. Sincerely, Carol Tucker, Conservation Chair, 20's & 30's Singles Section. -----

ACTION ALERT TO STOP FOREST FEES!
This action alert provides you with who to contact, what to write, a sample letter and (for those unfamiliar with the issue) background info. Please mail your letter or card to DC by April 4th. (Letters and cards are more effective than e-mails.)

BACKGROUND:
The Recreation Fee Demo program runs from 1996 to Sept. 30, 2001. Although overwhelmingly unpopular with the American public, Fee Demo is backed by the Clinton Administration, key Congressional Committee chairmen and powerful recreation corporations. These corporations, including Disney, Delaware North and KOA, seek new opportunities to profit from Americans' use of their own public lands.

WHY WE NEED TO WRITE NOW:
The House Interior Appropriations subcommittee in Washington DC is having a Public Witness Day on April 6th, for public comments on topics such as the Recreation Fee Demo program, which authorized National Forest access fees around the nation. This is our best chance this Spring, to oppose forest fees. Please respond at once! Backers of forest fees are working to make fees permanent this year, locking forest fees in place before the test program ends in Sept. 2001. They still pretend the American public has no problem with forest fees!

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Please write a quick one or two sentence letter or postcard to the address below - and mail it by Tuesday, April 4th (Later is still OK.)

SEND IT TO:
Congressman Ralph Regula,
House Interior Appropriations subcommittee, B-308,
Rayburn, Washington DC 20515.

WHAT TO SAY:

SAMPLE LETTER OR POSTCARD
(short is fine! Please select the phrases you find most appropriate.) :


Congressman Ralph Regula,
House Interior Appropriations subcommittee, B-308,
Rayburn, Washington DC 20515.

Dear Congressman Regula,
I am strongly opposed to forest fees. Please cancel the Recreation Fee Demo program this year.

National Forest recreation budgets have dropped to where the Forest Service cannot maintain trails and facilities. Please increase the Forest Service recreation budget for next year, to address the backlog of maintenance needs in our National Forests, without visitor fees and access fees.

Please include this letter as part of the record for Public Witness Day on April 6th.

[Add your brief personal comments on forest fees, also!]

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,


 

THANK YOU for asking Congress to cancel forest fees. Please make sure that your name and address are clearly legible. Ask your family and friends to write in, as well! This is the time for as strong a response as we can manage. Without more public outcry, forest fees are certain to be made permanent next year.

This e-mail was prepared by Keep Sespe Wild Committee, a non-profit, volunteer watershed conservation group at PO Box 715, Ojai, CA 93024. We are working with dozens of other groups around the nation, to coordinate action alerts against National Forest visitor fees.

 

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