Check out this article published by The Union.com serving Western Nevada County in California entitled McClintock Blasts US Forest Service for “Abusive” “ Predatory” Fees.
Congressman Tom McClintock describes examples of cost recovery fees collected by the US Forest Service which he labels as abusive and predatory. This abuse, brought to his attention by his constituents, portrays an attitude within the service which he said requires immediate correction.
He documents examples of the U.S. Forest Service demanding excessive fees from various organizations running events in the National Forests and then pulling permits when the organizations could not afford the fees. Groups including the California
Endurance Riders Association, the Polka Dot Motorcycle Club (motorcycle clubs) and Gold Country Endurance Group (an equestrian club) were forced to cancel events that they had been holding for decades.
These along with other documented abuses caused Tom McClintock to bring concerns and complaints of arbitrary and capricious conduct to the Forest Service’s attention. “Combined, these actions evince an ideologically driven hostility to the public’s use of the public’s land – and a clear intention to deny the public the responsible and sustainable use of that land.”
He said that if the Forest Service fails to reverse these policies he will use his use his position on the National Parks, Forests and Public Lands subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee to press for hearings into the economic damage their actions have caused.
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