The U.S. Forest Service will present 37 proposed recreation fee increases on campgrounds in Curry and other counties at an April 25 meeting at the Harbor fire hall on West Benham Lane.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. and is expected to adjourn at 3:15 p.m.

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest will present proposed changes to the Siskiyou, Resource Advisory Committee, a group of 15 citizens from Southwest Oregon who represent recreation and environmental organizations, local elected officials, tribal representatives, educators, timber and grazing industry representatives and the public at large.

Eighteen proposed fee changes are for campgrounds in Curry County, although increases originally proposed at Packers Cabin, Ludlum House, Snow Camp Lookout and Little Redwood and Winchuck campgrounds will be postponed for two years to give the forest and the local community time to recover from the Chetco Bar Fire.

The 191,125-acre wildfire was ignited by lightning and burned for months in the wilderness and to within 5 miles of Brookings last summer. Salvage operations on private land are underway, and the forest service is accepting comments about its environmental assessment for work on 4,000 acres of public lands.

Fees paid at recreation sites are reinvested to maintain facilities and provide visitor services at developed areas. Most of the existing fees have not been changed in eight to 10 years. The forest service also compared comparable campgrounds in Southwest Oregon.

The Resource Advisory Committee will review the proposed changes before making recommendations to Pacific Northwest Regional Forester Jim Peña. Any increases will go into effect this summer; new fees will go into effect in 2019.

Public comments were incorporated into the proposal that will be presented to the Resource Advisory Committee. There will also be a comment period during the April 25 meeting, from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m.

Individuals who would like to provide oral comments should request time on the agenda in advance of the meeting by contacting Julie Martin at julieamartin@fs.fed.us or by calling 541-618- 2066.

More information on this process and the sites proposed for fee changes can be found on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Service website.

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