government is playing the old bait and switch game with national forest
were sold with the promise that the money would be used for improvements
on the forests where they were collected. They were sold with the promise
the fees would not lead to cutbacks in federal forest funding. They were
sold with the promise that the fees would remain affordable.
Bush administration is working with federal recreation managers to
introduce a single national pass similar to the $50 annual pass currently
sold by the National Park Service.
So much for
So much for
spending the money in the forest where it was collected.
pass will make those promises next to impossible to keep.
And, by the
way, the Sawtooth National Recreation Area just got its budget
appropriation from Washington D.C. It’s down 17 percent, or $300,000
below last year.
blame it all on the War on Terror. The SNRA budget took a 13 percent hit
the previous year.
reductions just an unfortunate coincidence¾unrelated to collections of
user fees¾as government officials have claimed repeatedly? The claims
fees look like they will live up to every skeptic’s expectations. A $50
national fee will be expensive, unfair, and will improve nothing.