America the Beautiful – National Parks And Federal Recreational Lands Pass
The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (in Public Law 108-447) established a new recreation fee program for the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), National Park Service (NPS), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and Forest Service (FS). The Act authorizes the agencies to collect fees at federal recreational lands and waters. The act authorizes different kinds of fees, outlines criteria for establishing fees, and prohibits charging fees for certain activities or services. The act also authorizes an interagency pass that can be used at federal recreation sites throughout the nation - the America the Beautiful Pass. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is not included in this legislation and so does not take part in collecting these fees and issuing passes, although the America the Beautiful Senior and Disability Access Passes are accepted at Corps campgrounds. The program is scheduled to terminate on December 8, 2014.
There are four types of America the Beautiful Passes (Passes) available. The Annual Pass costs $80 and is available to the general public and can be purchased on the Internet at http://store.usgs.gov/pass. The Senior Pass costs $10 if purchased in person. The Senior Pass can also be obtained through the mail by submitting photocopies of requested citizenship and age documentation along with an application which is found at http://store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.html. The cost of obtaining the Senior Pass through the mail is $20. The Senior Pass is a lifetime pass for U.S. Citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. The Access Pass is free and is a lifetime pass for U.S. Citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. The Disability Access Pass can also be obtained through the mail by submitting copies of required documentation along with an application which is found at http://store.usgs.gov/pass/access.html. The cost of obtaining the Access Pass through the mail is $10 for shipping and handling. The Volunteer Pass is free and is a pass for volunteers acquiring 250 service hours on a cumulative basis. The Volunteer Pass is good for one year. All of the passes provide access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an entrance fee or standard amenity fee.
Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery does not charge an entrance fee but does issue the Senior Pass and Access Pass as a public service. Persons wishing to obtain an Annual Pass need to bring documentation of their disability to the hatchery. Acceptable documentation includes: statement by a licensed physician; document issued by a Federal agency such as the Veteran’s Administration, Social Disability Income, or Supplemental Security Income; or document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency. Persons wishing to obtain a Senior Pass need to bring personal identification such as a driver’s license to the hatchery. There is a $10 fee for this pass which can be paid for with either cash, debit/credit card or personal check. All persons wishing to obtain either an Access Pass or Senior Pass are strongly encouraged to call the hatchery and make an appointment to ensure that a person able to issue Passes is at the hatchery upon their arrival. The hatchery telephone number is (931)243-2443. http://store.usgs.gov/pass/PassIssuanceList.pdf provides alternate sources for obtaining Passes.
According to agency guidelines, the public is to be informed of projects completed with fee revenues. Below is a listing of fee revenue amounts expended during each fiscal year for projects at Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery:
- 2007, $223.74 was used for public restroom maintenance and copy paper for public outreach
- 2008, $1,431.00 was used for general brochures intended for distribution to the public
- 2009, there were no fee revenues used for public outreach activities
- 2010, $517.50 was used for aerial photography to update displays and brochures for public outreach
- 2011, $944.00 was used for general brochures intended for distribution to the public
- 2012, $4883.80 was used for coloring books and brochures for distribution to the public, brochure rack, Aquariums in Schools project, public announcement system, tabletop display and table, and a rainbow trout identification cutout board puzzle
- 2013, $1849.21 was used for Aquariums in Schools project for educational and public outreach