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[pct-l] Fw: FIGHT FEE DEMO!



This is an update I sent to the list a while back.  Since almost every
trailhead along the PCT requires trailhead passes to leave your vehicle,
this affects us all.
"Crest Rider"  Aka Faye

FIGHT FEE DEMO!!!  PLEASE READ!

HOUSE HEARINGS ON FEE DEMO  WRITE BY OCTOBER 1ST!
>
> The House subcommittee on Forests & Forest Health has just scheduled an
> oversight hearing on the Recreation Fee Demo Program, for Tuesday, Sept.
> 25th.  The subcommittee chair, Rep. Scott McInnis (R-CO), has likely
called
> this public hearing because of the controversy raised by western Colorado
> constituents, in response to new forest fees both near Aspen and across SW
> Colorado.
>
> WHAT TO DO:
> The public record is held open for 10 days after the hearing (i.e.
> till Friday Oct. 05), to allow for written comments from across the
nation.
> These are the FIRST public hearings in DC specifically on the Recreation
Fee
> Demo Program since Feb. 1998!  We have to generate hundreds of letters in
> opposition to Fee Demo, to demonstrate clearly how unpopular forest fees
are
> with the American public.  Will you help us, by writing once again?
>
> WHO TO WRITE:
> Please write to    Congressman Scott McInnis
> Chair, Subcommittee on Forests & Forest Health
> 1337 Longworth
> Washington, DC  20515.
>
> You may also send a copy (xerox is OK) to the minority chair of the
> subcommittee, Congressman Jay Inslee (D-WA)  who opposes Fee Demo.
> Address it to     Congressman Jay Inslee
> 1329 Longworth
> Washington, DC  20515.
>
> Please mail your letters by Monday Oct. 1st (from the West Coast); a day
or
> so later is OK from the East Coast.  Letters should arrive in DC on or
> before Friday, October 5th.
>
> WHAT TO SAY:
> Please state your opposition to Fee Demo (remember, this
> subcommittee has jurisdiction over National Forests only) and list the
> reasons why.  Herešs a sample letter (please change it a little):
>
> Dear Congressman Scott McInnis,
>
> I strongly oppose the Recreation Fee Demo Program on Americašs National
> Forests.  Our taxes already support these forests, and many low-income
> families are being kept away by forest fees.  Please end the program as
soon
> as possible.  Išd like my letter to be part of the public record for the
> hearing on 9.25.01.
>
> Thank you.
>
> Yours sincerely,
> S
>
>
> Please make sure to print your name and address very clearly  legislators
> may discard letters if they canšt read who theyšre from.  Thank you for
> helping to tell our legislators how strongly we oppose Fee Demo!
>
> QUICK UPDATE:
> The House/Senate conference committee has still not met to decide whether
to
> extend Fee Demo for up to four years; they must meet by the end of
> September.  The Senate will also be holding oversight hearings on Fee
Demo,
> likely in October  so keep that letter ready on your computer, to send off
> again next month!  Wešll keep you posted.
>
>