Recreation use fees to increase in 2019 for Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

Recreation use fees for the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests will increase in 2019. According to the United States Department of Agriculture's Forest Service, the increase will go to assist the continuing operation and maintenance of existing facilities.

The Forest Service conducted public outreach in May, and comments received were taken into consideration when presenting the proposals to the Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee as part of their review in August. An increase in use fees was later approved in October by the Regional Forester based on the committee's recommendations. Use fees have remained constant since 2004 throughout the forests in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

The fee changes will be implemented under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Up to 95 percent of the fees collected on sites are returned to the forest for operating and enhancing costs.

For more information on the timeline of the fees and the recreation areas affected, go online to fs.usda.gov.

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