This program focused on Oregon State Parks...a tiny fraction of Oregon's public lands. The largest being our Federal national forests and BLM lands. That is where the overwhelming proportion of outdoor recreation takes place. And it's on these Federal properties that Day Use fees are thwarting the public's usage of these lands - lands that are their birthright heritage as Americans.
It is not simply the amount of the fee, it is often the inconvenience of
a) not having the correct money for self-pay stations
b) having to find a place to issue a permit like the NorthWest Forest Pass when your miles from a store that issues them.
These day-fee taxes are an impediment to outdoor recreation.
At the heart of the issue is -- compared to several decades ago, America has divested from providing recreation on Federal lands. THere are actually fewer trails than 50 years ago.
While the NW Congressional delegation has never failed to find appropriation monies for logging activities on National Forests (just consider the tens-of-thousands of miles of logging roads constructed in the 1970s-1980s) recreation has only had the tiniest sliver.
These are America's lands, our legacy and if you pay taxes, you ought to be able to walk,fish, hunt, and generally recreate in those forests without having to be nickled & dimed by day fees.
The answer is getting our NW COngressional delegation to pay some attention to adequately funding the recreation budget of the US Forest Service and other Federal land managers (BLM, Nat.Parks, Fed. wildlife refuges, etc)
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