Forest Service proposes changes to Recreation Fee Sites

REGION — Cleveland National Forest officials gathered public comments on proposed changes to the Corral Canyon, Holy Jim, Mt. Laguna, Ortega, Tenaja and Wildomar Recreation Fee Areas at the end of 2013. The forest is proposing to eliminate or substantially reduce the size of these standard amenity fee areas. These proposed changes result in more than 30,000 acres becoming free to the public. Comments deadline was Dec. 13, 2013, and will now be compiled, analyzed and shared with the California Recreation Resource Advisory Committee.

The proposed changes to the Cleveland National Forest recreation fee areas will be presented to a citizen’s advisory committee, called the California Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (R-RAC). Committee members represent a broad array of recreation interest groups.

More information about the R-RAC, including meeting dates and locations can be found at fs.usda.gov/main/r5/recreation/racs.

If adopted, it is anticipated that the proposals for the Cleveland recreation fee areas would be implemented in the winter of 2014. In the interim, consistent with direction on implementation of the national review, the Cleveland National Forest has not been issuing notices of required fees or enforcing recreation fees outside of the listed recreation sites and reduced area boundaries.

For more information about this fee proposal, please contact Jacob Rodriguez by phone at (951) 736-1811 or by e-mail jfrodriguez@fs.fed.us.

Comments may be submitted to: Cleveland National Forest, Trabuco Ranger District, 1147 E. Sixth St., Corona, CA 92879 or by e-mail at jfrodriguez@fs.fed.us.

 

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