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Visiting national forests should be free

by Paul Chevalier

Editorâs Note: Chevalier is the Chairman of Sedonaâs Art and Culture Commission. He is a retired Senior Executive of a major retailer where he was responsible for law and personnel. He holds a Degree in Government from Columbia College, a Law Degree from Columbia Law School and Business Degrees from both Columbia and Harvard Business Schools.

Red Rock Pass is the name of the Sedona portion of a federal program that is confusingly titled ãRecreation Fee Demonstration Program.ä

This program requires the Forest Service to collect parking access fees in many of Americaâs national forests. It was approved by the United States Congress in 1996, in limited locations, for a two-year trial.

Since then, this program has been renewed to the present day and its reach has been expanded into other forest areas, including Sedona. The forest parking fee that is mandated under this program, for most drivers in the Sedona area, is $5 daily, $15 for seven days, and $20 for 12 months.

The Coconino Forest Service has stated that the parking fees are needed to allow it to provide quality forest management of the Red Rock Area. Our Forest Service points out that only .00018 of a penny of the federal budget goes to Forest Service recreation, heritage and wilderness programs. I guess this is the Coconino Forest Serviceâs way of saying that insufficient money is allocated in the federal budget to pay for quality management of our national forests.

By my count, 241 federal, state or local groups have gone on record opposing the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program. I am aware of 11 groups in Arizona that are opposing the program. One of these is the Arizona No Fee Coalition.

On June 15, in eight states, No Fee Coalitions and other groups who oppose this fee program held public protest demonstrations. In Sedona, the protest took place at our ãYä and about 110 people participated. Protesters handed out literature to passing vehicles and carried home-made signs asking motorists to honk if they agreed with the elimination of the Red Rock Pass Program.

I saw it. I heard people honk.

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July 2002 Issue

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