Dubois Ranger District: Al Taylor Cabin has recently come into Forest Service ownership and is proposed as a cabin rental site for $35.00 per night. The cabin will accommodate 5-8 people.
The Caribou-Targhee National Forest has made upgrades to this site including a major building renovation. The proposed new fee is comparable to similar public and private sites in their respective areas. If the new fee is approved, the additional money will be used for continued maintenance and ongoing improvements.
“We recognize how important this site is to our local communities,” said Brent Porter, forest recreation program manager. “This proposed new fee will assist the Forest Service in maintaining the cabin to the level and quality people have come to expect.”
This fee proposal will be presented before a citizen’s advisory committee, Southeast Idaho Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (RRAC). Committee members represent a broad array of recreation interest groups to help ensure that the Forest Service is proposing reasonable and publicly acceptable fee changes. Committee members will help ensure that the Forest Service addresses public issues and concerns about recreation fees.
The public is welcome to attend and comment at all advisory committee meetings. The next RRAC meeting is expected to be held in the winter of 2013, the exact meeting time, location and agenda will be announced on the forest website and through local media. This fee proposal will also have extensive reviews by both the Forest Service Regional and Washington Offices.
In 2004, Congress passed the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act which allows the Forest Service to keep 95 percent of fees collected at certain recreation sites and use these funds locally to operate and maintain and improve these sites.
Most recreation opportunities on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest are free. The Caribou-Targhee National Forest manages about 160 developed recreation sites, of which about one fifth currently charge fees. Of those sites charging fees, most are campgrounds and lookout/cabin rentals.
For more information, questions or comments about this fee proposal please contact: Richard Roberson on the Dubois Ranger District (208) 374-5422.
Further information about the entire fee proposal is located on the forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/ctnf/passes-permits/recreation; or by contacting Brent Porter, Recreation Program Coordinator, (208) 557-5790 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.