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Oversight Hearing on “Citizen and Agency Perspectives on the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act”
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 10:00 AM
Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation
1324 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515

Oversight Hearing on:

  • "Citizen and Agency Perspectives on the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.”

Archived Video Webcast:

Witnesses and Testimony:


Pamela K. Haze
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Finance, Performance and Acquisition
United States Department of the Interior

Leslie Weldon
Deputy Chief
United States Forest Service
United States Department of Agriculture

Lewis Ledford
North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Randal O’Toole
Cato Institute
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Andy Stahl
Executive Director
Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Kitty Benzar
Western Slope No-fee Coalition
(Truth in Testimony Form)


The Subcommittee will hear testimony from citizens and federal agencies regarding the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA). The act authorizes the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Reclamation to charge and collect fees at federal recreation lands and waters. FLREA seeks to standardize the types of recreation fees across agencies, differentiate among different types of fees, and minimize the situations where multiple fees can be charged. The agencies can spend the revenue without further appropriation for specific purposes, with most of the money retained at the collection site. The authorization terminates December 8, 2014.

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