Strong majority against raising White Mountain National Forest entrance fees - 129 participants
Aug 18, 2016
The White Mountain National Forest is proposing a change to its fee structure. The proposal increases the cost of a daily pass from $3 to $5 dollars and the cost of an annual pass from $20 to $30. The proposal also eliminates fees at nine trailheads, among other changes. Read more about this issue. On August 18, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should the White Mountain National Forest raise entrance fees to match state park fees?”
Should the White Mountain National Forest raise entrance fees?
Participation: 129 participants gave 309 responses.
A total of 81% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 19% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 309 responses from 129 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)
What Participants Said
No: A strong majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 89%, did not support raising White Mountain National Forest entrance fees.
- “Raising rates just punishes the working poor. Please don't take away the White Mountains from us.”
- “Don’t you want to encourage people to visit more often? They would spend money while here. Don’t bleed them dry.”
- “The land belongs to all Americans and [we] should not be charged to use it.”
Yes: A minority, at 11% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, supported raising White Mountain National Forest entrance fees.
- “They don't own it per se, but they do maintain it. Materials and personnel don't come free.”
- “If one thinks a $3 to $5 hike is too much, wait until private enterprises get their hands on it.”
- “If it helps conservation/maintenance of the area, then yes.”
Other: As noted above, 19% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:
- State vs. federal land ownership: “The White Mountain National Forest and all wildlife refuge land in [the state] should be returned to the rightful owner, New Hampshire.”
- Expressing concern that fees exist at all: “I already pay taxes. These are my parks.”
- Broadening the discussion: “A National Forest is not a National Park.”
*Editor selection of actual participant quotes.