Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA)
The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act was passed in
the 2005 Omnibus Appropriations bill signed into law by President Bush on
The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act benefits visitors to Federal public lands by:
Many recreation activities and sites will continue to be free. The Act includes additional provisions that build on experiences from the Fee Demo program and improve the fee program by clarifying the circumstances in which fees may be charged. The Act prohibits certain fees for:
REA applies to Federal recreation lands under the jurisdiction of the following land management agencies:
Possible Fees as identified in the Act
The Act enables Forests and Grasslands to have three types of fees called Standard, Expanded and Special Recreation Permits.
· Standard fees are typical day use fees. Sites or areas must have specific features and amenities in order to qualify as a fee site.
· Expanded fees are fees that provide direct benefits to individuals or groups. They include things like developed campgrounds, cabin rentals, highly developed boat docks and swimming areas. They may also include services like hookups, dump stations, special tours and reservations services.
· Special Recreation Permits are for areas where natural and cultural resources need protection or where extra measures are required for the health and safety of visitors. Permits may be required for places like wilderness areas, shooting ranges and specialized trail systems.
The Act expands the
· This pass will cover entrance fees and standard amenity recreation fees for all Federal recreation lands and waters where a fee is charged.
· Existing National Park passes, Golden Eagle, Golden Age, and Golden Access passes will be grandfathered in under their existing benefits and will remain valid until expired. These passes will continue to be sold until the new pass is available.
specific and regional passes such as the
REA provides for a high level of public involvement in determining new fee areas and fee schedules by:
· Implementing the use of Recreation Resource Advisory Committees (RACs) for national forest and BLM sites and areas to give communities additional opportunities to provide input on the implementation of a fee or the establishment of a specific recreation fee site;
· Providing additional opportunities for public participation and prior notice prior to a new fee being established; and
· Communicating with the visiting public on how fee revenues are being spent to improve visitor facilities and services.
Implementation of the Act
· Press releases
· Public notices and;
· Postings on our websites at www.doi.gov. and www.fs.fed.us/passespermits/