Federal Fees Challenged

September 25, 2010 by  
Filed under Trail Boss News

A backcountry camper in Arizona skipped paying the $5 daily use fee while camping in the 160k acre forest surrounding Sedona. He returned to his truck to find a $100 ticket on his window. Instead of paying, he geared up for a legal battle over the winter, went to court, and won.

In his written ruling, [the judge] said that although the Forest Service could legally require passes and collect fees in areas with improvements — like restrooms, picnic tables, parking spots or trash collection — the agency couldn’t require someone to have a pass just to visit an unimproved trailhead, or a wilderness.

The Fed’s shouldn’t be able to charge per day to camp in National Forests. That’s our land, we already paid for it paid for it.