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Forest Service opts to keep campground discounts for seniors, disabled

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on March 17, 2010 at 11:53 am |
March 17, 2010 11:53 am

The U.S. Forest Service announced earlier today it would maintain discounts for passholders at Forest Service campgrounds operated by private businesses.

Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said his decision not to implement proposed changes means seniors and people with disabilities will continue to receive a discount at Forest Service campgrounds run by private concessions.

The service had proposed changes to discounts provided to holders of Golden Age and Golden Access Passports and Senior and Access Passes. Under the proposal, discounts at concession-operated campgrounds would have changed from the current 50 percent to 10 percent.

After considering public comments, the chief felt the proposed changes are not the best way to address growing challenges regarding services provided by private businesses at Forest Service recreation facilities.

The decision leaves in place a 50 percent discount at campgrounds run by private concessions for holders of Golden Age and Golden Access Passports and Interagency Senior and Access Passes. Concessioners are not required to accept passes at day-use sites. Seniors age 62 and older pay a one-time $10 fee for the Senior Pass. Lifetime Access Passes for people with disabilities are free.

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