Tipton, Kuster Introduce Legislation to Support Recreation on Ski Areas
WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the co-chairs of the House Ski and Snowboard Caucus, introduced the Ski Area Fee Retention Act (H.R. 5171). This bipartisan legislation will support ski areas in Colorado, New Hampshire and across the country that are operating on National Forest System lands. Currently, fees related to the permitting of ski areas are given to the Treasury Department where the funds are not dedicated for any specific purpose. The Tipton-Kuster legislation would direct a portion of the fees to the National Forest System, where they will be used to promote year-round recreation activities, infrastructure improvements, and expanded services for visitors through more efficient permitting. The legislation is expected to dedicate $22 - $24 million for the Forest Service’s permit administration.
“The current permitting process for ski area projects on National Forest System land is broken. To improve visitors’ experiences and support recreation opportunities on public lands, we must increase capacity for permitting administration within the Forest Service, and that is exactly what the Ski Area Fee Retention Act will do,” said Tipton. “Allowing the Forest Service to retain a portion of the ski area fees for permit administration on the ski area where the fees were generated will create efficiencies in federal spending, incentivize private investment, boost local economies and enhance visitor experience. Outdoor enthusiasts across the country will benefit from this legislation.”
“The ski and outdoor recreation industry is a critical part of New Hampshire’s economy and identity as a state,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “If we can expand support for the ski industry and promote year-round recreation at our ski mountains, we’ll create more year-round jobs and bolster local economies. Fees paid by ski mountains should be invested in our local forests and that’s exactly what our legislation would do: ensure local dollars are reinvested to support the local economy.”
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