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Hoffman, Damien. 2013. Vandal Resistant Fee Tube is Effective Against Crime. 1223 2326P. Missoula, MT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, National Technology and Development Program.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service uses self–service fee tubes at some locations to collect recreation fees from the public. Some fee tube designs are susceptible to theft and vandalism. The Missoula Technology and Development Center (MTDC) evaluates self–service collection designs in an effort to improve security. In 2011, MTDC requested information from Forest Service employees who collect fees or manage fee collections. This tech tip describes a new fee tube design used at the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area for more than 2 years. The design effectively reduces theft and vandalism.

Drawings for the vandal–resistant fee tube design (OS_TUBE_FEE_08-01 through OS_TUBE_FEE_08-06) are available at

Keywords: fee collection, fees, fee tubes, theft, theft-proof, vandalism, vandal–resistant


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