Forest Visitor Sues Claiming He’s Not Getting Value For His Fees

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A visitor who paid a fee to use a recreation site at the Daniel Boone National Forest sued the agency when it failed to provide picnic tables at the site and fix a broken security light.  The visitor argued that he was paying a standard amenity site fee and was therefore entitled to all of the amenities that had to be at the site in order for the agency to charge the fee under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA).  Standard amenity sites must include developed parking, permanent toilets, permanent trash receptacles, interpretive signs, a kiosk or exhibit of some type, picnic tables and security services.  The agency, however, demonstrated that the fee was actually for an expanded amenity site and picnic tables and security services were not required to charge fees at those sites.  The site included a boat ramp, paved ramps and parking and boarding floats.

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