Write to Congress
We are asking our senators for more funding for recreation management.
Here is a template you can follow.
I live in _____town,____county, OR. Living here, I know that Mt. Hood National Forest is a unique place and deserves your attention. I request that In the next appropriations cycle, you prioritize funding for the Recreation, Heritage and Wilderness line item in the Forest Service Budget. Recreation use on National Forest lands is on the rise throughout the country. Using the local example of Mt. Hood National Forest, visitor use has increased exponentially over the last two decades and the trend is projected to continue. In 2012, the forest received just over 6 million recreation visits when all activities were counted.
Despite this increase in recreation use, the funding to maintain popular recreation trails, rivers, campsites, road access, etc. has not been keeping pace with the demand and facilities are deteriorating. As long as it is undertaken in an environmentally conscious manner, further development of more recreation-friendly management will serve to increase the quality & quantity of recreation opportunities, increasing the economic benefit of National Forests. Outdoor recreation in Oregon is a major contributor to the local economy, creating 141,000 direct jobs and $12.8 billion dollars in consumer spending. Much of this recreation relies on National Forests.
Communities surrounding National Forests that have traditionally been reliant on resource extraction are now benefitting from the outdoor recreation economy, and this trend is likely to continue as jobs in the timber industry continue to decline because of the extreme mechanization of the industry. In the next appropriations cycle, it is important that you request more funding for the Recreation, Heritage & Wilderness line item in the Forest Service Budget.