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An Analysis: Whose Forests Are They Anyway?
An examination and analysis of the public comments sent to the Forest Service in response to their proposed change in pass acceptance policy at concessionaire managed National Forest recreation sites.
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An Analysis: Whose Forests Are They Anyway?


Concessionaires and OUR National Forests:THE CONCESSIONAIRES RESPOND
Here is the comment letter sent by the American Recreation Coalition, in which the ARC solidly supports the profits of their concessionaire members over the public good. The ARC is proud to say that they invented Fee Demo and they advocate for the complete privatization of recreation on public lands. If the proposed Forest Service policy goes forward, that is exactly what the result will be. Also posted is a press release from the National Forest Recreation Association, the lobbying arm of the concessionaires and another driving force behind the privatizing of recreation on public lands. The president of NFRA also wrote a letter on behalf of his firm, Recreation Resource Management, to the Forest Service and that is posted as well.
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ARC Letter re Concessionaire Policy
NFRA Letter re Concessionaire Fee Increases
Rec Resource Mgt to Holbrook
Warren Meyer Guest Editorial


2010 03 17 Discounts Will Continue
The Forest Service has acknowledged receipt of over 4,000 comments, the overwhelming majority of them opposed to their proposed change in discounts and pass acceptance policy. On March 17, 2010 they issued this press release announcing that Chief Tidwell has officially dropped the proposal.
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2010 03 17 Discounts Will Continue


2010 03 17 Forest Service Briefing Paper
Internal briefing paper about the decision to withdraw the camping discount change proposal.
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2010 03 17 Forest Service Briefing Paper


2010 03 17 Forest Service Withdraws Proposal
Forest Service press release withdrawing the proposal to eliminate 50% discounts for Senior/Disabled campers.


2010 03 17 Idaho Delegation Applauds FS Decison to Scrap Plan
The Idaho congressional delegation put out this press release applauding the Forest Service for scrapping their plan to eliminate senior and disabled 50% camping discounts.
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2010 03 17 Idaho Delegation Applauds FS Decison to Scrap Plan


2010 03 18 AARP Celebrates Continued Discounts
Article from the AARP online bulletin about the Forest Service backing down on reducing camping discounts for Senior/Disabled lifetime passholders.
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2010 03 18 AARP Celebrates Continued Discounts


2010 03 20 FS Backs Off: Is Washington Listening?
RV News reports on the FS decision to continue to offer 50% camping discount to Senior/Disabled lifetime passholders.
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2010 03 20 FS Backs Off: Is Washington Listening?


2010 03 28 Idaho Statesman
Pete Zimowsky of the Idaho Statesman re Senior discounts and the privatization of National Forest recreation.
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2010 03 28 Idaho Statesman


Concessionaire and Passes: WSNFC comment
Western Slope No-Fee Coalition comment letter
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Concessionaires and Passes: WSNFC comment


Concessionaires and Passes: Al McGlinsky comment
Idahoan Al McGlinsky comment
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Concessionaires and Passes: Al McGlinsky comment


Concessionaires and Passes: Bill Chisholm comment
Idahoan camper Bill Chisholm comments
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Concessionaires and Passes: Bill Chisholm comment


Concessionaires and Passes: Brett Haverstick comment
New Mexican Brett Haverstick comment
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Concessionaires and Passes: Brett Haverstick comment


Concessionaires and Passes: Carol Comturak comments
Idaho Camper Carol Comturak comment
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Concessionaires and Passes: Carol Comturak comments


Concessionaires and Passes: Dick Artley comments
Dick Artley, retired Forest Service official
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Artley 2010 01 12
Artley 2010 01 13
Artley 2010 01 28


Concessionaires and Passes: Don Hill LTE
Letter to the editor of the Twin Falls Times-News from Idahoan Don Hill.
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Concessionaire and Passes: Hill LTE


Concessionaires and Passes: Doug Troutman comment
Oregonian Doug Troutman comment
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Concessionaires and Passes: Doug Troutman comment


Concessionaires and Passes: Escapees RV Club comment
The Escapees, one of the largest RV clubs in the U.S. submitted this comment
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Concessionaires and Passes: Escapees RV Club comment


Concessionaires and Passes: Forest Service Responds
Art Jeffers, the number two person for recreation at the Forest Service, sent the following in response to a message from Arizonan Stephen Sample opposing the proposed change in concessionaire pass-acceptance policy. Responses to Mr Jeffers from both Sample and WSNFC President Kitty Benzar follow.
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Concessionaires and Passes: Forest Service Responds


Concessionaires and Passes: Frank Tapley comments
Washington state resident Frank Tapley comment
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Concessionaires and Passes: Frank Tapley comments


Concessionaires and Passes: Gary & Laurii Gadwa comment
Idahoans Gary and Laurii Gadwa comment
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Concessionaires and Passes: Gary & Laurii Gadwa comment


Concessionaires and Passes: Isabelle Spohn comment
Retired teacher and former USFS employee Isabelle Spohn comments
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Concessionaires and Passes: Isabelle Spohn comment


Concessionaires and Passes: John Holt comments
Second generation Forest Service retiree John Holt comment
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Concessionaires and Passes: John Holt comments


Concessionaires and Passes: Joyce Siverts comment
Camper Joyce Siverts comment
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Concessionaires and Passes: Joyce Siverts comment


Concessionaires and Passes: Kathy Richmond comments
Idahoan Kathy Richmond comment
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Concessionaires and Passes: Kathy Richmond comments


Concessionaires and Passes: Kathy Young comment
Colorado camper and Access passholder Kathy Young comment
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Concessionaires and Passes: Kathy Young comment


Concessionaires and Passes: Lanie Johnson action alert
Call to action from Lanie Johnson of the Idaho No-RAT Coalition [Recreation Access Tax]
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Concessionaires and Passes: Lanie Johnson action alert
Concessionaires and Passes: Lanie Johnson action alert


Concessionaires and Passes: Lona Kutcher comment
Forest Service Volunteer Campground Host Lona Kutcher comment
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Concessionaires and Passes: Lona Kutcher comment


Concessionaires and Passes: Maya Burrell comments
Comment by camper Maya Burrell
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Concessionaires and Passes: Maya Burrell comments


Concessionaires and Passes: Parker comment
Campers Sharon and Jack Parker comment
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Concessionaires and Passes: Parker comment


Concessionaires and Passes: Pete Myers comment
New Mexico fine arts photographer Pete Myers comment
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Concessionaires and Passes: Pete Myers comment


Concessionaires and Passes: Rael Nidess MD comment
Rael Nidess MD comment
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Concessionaires and Passes: Rael Nidess MD comment


Concessionaires and Passes: Richard Tingelstad comments
Richard Tingelstad comments
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Concessionaires and Passes: Richard Tingelstad comments


Concessionaires and Passes: Richard Viktorin comment
Accountant and Economist Richard Viktorin with Audits In The Public Interest comments
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Concessionaires and Passes: Richard Viktorin comment


Concessionaires and Passes: Scott Phillips comment
Retired Forest Service Recreation Manager Scott Phillips
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Concessionaires and Passes: Scott Phillips comment


Concessionaires and Passes: Stewards of the Sequoia comment
Stewards of the Sequoia comment
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Concessionaires and Passes: Stewards of the Sequoia comment


Concessionaires and Passes: Suzi Dow comment
Suzi Dow, founder of ForestCamping.com
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Concessionaires and Passes: Suzi Dow comment


Concessionaires and Passes: Tanaka comments
Senior campers William Tanaka and Kathleen Aldrich Tanaka comment
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Concessionaires and Passes: Tanaka comments


Concessionaires and Passes: Virden Welde comments
Comment by Washington state resident and senior camper Virden Welde.
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Concessionaires and Passes: Virden Welde comments


Concessionaires and Passes: Wild Wilderness comment
Wild Wilderness comment
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Concessionaires and Passes: Wild Wilderness comment


IDAHO DELEGATION WEIGHS IN
The entire Idaho congressional delegation - Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Representatives Mike Simpson and Walt Minnick - joined in this letter to Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell urging him to drop the idea of reducing discounts for Senior/Disabled lifetime passholders. If you live in Idaho PLEASE send a short thank you note to all four elected officials. You can find their webforms at www.senate.gov and www.house.gov. If you live outside of Idaho PLEASE contact your own delegation and ask them to sign on to the Idaho letter!
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BREAKING NEWS! IDAHO DELEGATION WEIGHS IN


Senator Wyden Press Release
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, who chairs the subcommittee that oversees the Forest Service, released this letter he sent to the Chief of the Forest Service opposing the plan to change the terms of the lifetime passes held by seniors and the disabled.
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BREAKING NEWS: Senator Wyden Press Release



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