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U.S. Forest Service Proposes Recreation Fees at Wolf Pen Gap

HOT SPRINGS, Ark– The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to change recreation fees at Lake Sylvia Group Use Site and propose initiating recreation fees at Wolf Pen Gap OHV Trail Complex and Little Missouri Falls on the Ouachita National Forest.

These sites have had additional amenities added to improve services and experiences. Fees are assessed based on the level of amenities and service provided, cost of operation and maintenance, market  assessment, and public comment. Funds from fees would be used for the continued operation and maintenance of these recreation sites.

Improvements have been made to the picnicking area at Little Missouri Falls Day Use Site and a new access bridge, with new hardended trail surface, has been installed to the unique geological features and small wading pools below the series of waterfalls along the Little Missouri River.

The proposed new fees to help maintain the Little Missouri Falls Day Use Site would be: $5 per motorized vehicle, including Off Highway Vehicles and All-Terrian Vehciles.

The public is invited to provide input to these proposed fee changes. Proposed fee changes include:

*Increasing the camping fees per night at Lake Sylvia Group Use Sites by $10 per night (proposed fee would be $35 per night)

*Implement new use fees at Wolf Pen Gap OHV Trail Complex, $5 per OHV/ATV for a 1-day pass or $40 for an annual yearly pass beginning in March 2021, increasing the use fees to $8 per OHV/ATV for a 1-day pass or $50 for an annual yearly pass beginning in March 2023 and increasing the use fees to $10 per OHV/ATV for a 1-day pass or $60 for an annual yearly pass beginning in March 2025

*Implement new use fees for Little Missouri Falls to be comparable to other Day Use Sites on the Forest at $5 per vehicle.

Golden Age, Golden Access, America the Beautiful Senior Pass and America the Beautiful Access Pass will be honored for applicable discount as posted.

The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004 allows the Forest Service to keep a percentage of fees collected at recreation sites to use locally in the operation and maintenance of these sites.

For more information, or to provide comments about this fee proposal for the Recreation Resource Advisory Committee to consider, please contact Bill Jackson at 501-321-5253, or by email at SM.FS.ONF_rec@usda.gov.

The deadline to provide comments is March 1, 2020.

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