The public can comment on proposed recreation fees on the Tongass National Forest

Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) – The public has 128 days, from today, to comment on proposed new and increased recreation fees at 17 developed forestry recreation sites in Southeast Alaska.

Locations with proposed changes include developed day-use areas, group picnic sites, campgrounds, cabins, and wildlife viewing sites.
A complete list of proposed locations and fees is available on the Alaska Region Recreation Fee Proposals interactive site.

Comments can be submitted in four ways from May 26 to September 30:

  • Online: Electronic comments are accepted at
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Mail: Commenters should send comments by the closing date to: Tongass National Forest – Ketchikan SO, Attn: John Suomala, Wildlife and Recreation Program Manager, 648 Mission Street, Suite No. 110, Ketchikan, AK 99901 -6591.
  • In Person or by Phone: Comments can be provided in person at any Forest Service office in Southeast Alaska Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm or by calling 907-228-6215.

Comment information, including the name and address of the commenter, will be considered part of the public record and may be viewed by the public.

“Recreation fee increases help close the gap between annual revenue and actual O&M costs,” said Jay Anderson, Tongass National Forest recreation staff officer. “As an example, our Fish Creek bear viewing site has an annual cost of over $350,000 with an average collection fee of approximately $50,000. “

The public will be informed six months before a new or increased fee is charged. If approved, the fee changes will take effect in 2024. Fees collected are used to fund ongoing operations, maintenance, and improvements to provide high-quality recreation sites for locals and visitors alike.

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