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Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act

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Publication Date: June 2005

Publisher(s): Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service

Series: RS22171

Topic: Environment (Parks, nature reserves, and open spaces)


The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (in P.L. 108-447) authorizes five federal agencies to charge fees at recreation sites through December 8, 2014. It provides for different kinds of fees, criteria for charging fees, public participation in determining fees, and the establishment of one national recreation pass. The agencies can use the collections without further appropriation, and most of the money is for improvements at the collecting site. This program supersedes, and seeks to improve upon, the Recreational Fee Demonstration Program. Recreation fees continue to be controversial. The agencies have begun implementing the new law, and Congress is overseeing implementation. This report will be updated as circumstances warrant.