The Fee Demonstration Program began in 1996 when congress authorized the Department of the Interior (DOI) to standardize and initiate new or revised fees in three DOI bureaus; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the National Park Service. It was created as a direct response to the federal agencies' concern about growing backlog maintenance needs. The Federal Lands and Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA), which was passed in 2004, allows the National Park Service to collect and retain revenue and requires that fee revenue be used to enhance the visitor experience.
Almost 100% of fees collected at Prince William Forest Park stay where they are collected to be used for projects that benefit visitors to the park. The remaining funds are allocated for use on priority projects throughout the National Park System.
Fees at Prince William Forest Park
Entrance fees were first collected at Prince William Forest Park in 1988. Since the beginning of the Fee Demonstration Program, fees have funded a number of projects that directly benefit our visitors. Many of these projects have also utilized recycled materials and followed environmentally sensitive practices. Here are some of the most successful projects that your fees have created:
Your Fees at Work
Yearly - Produce and professionally print park brochures - $2,500
Previous Uses of Recreation Fees
2020 - Paint and stain the exterior of the visitor center - $16,000
2016 - Remove outdated visitor center exhibit, complete minor modifications to interior - $7,500
2004-present – Convert park-radio system; replacement of outdated radio systems with new equipment that will allow better communication within the park and between park and other agency emergency service providers. $280,091
2004 – Hazardous tree removal park-wide; trees and branches damaged in storms were removed, making the park safer for visitors. $12,000
2004-2003 – Rehabilitate Oak Ridge Campground bathrooms and camp sites; campers now have hot showers, new grills and picnic tables. $41,188
2002-2001 – Upgrade Oak Ridge Campground amphitheater and trail; permeable trail surface and recycled lumber were used to completely rehabilitate this public educational space. $21,950
2002-2001 – Construct Telegraph Pavilion; groups wishing to hold their family reunion or wedding reception now have a place to reserve. The pavilion was constructed with recycled materials and permeable surfaces. $55,600
2001 – Replace visitor center carpet; recycled materials were used to provide both an inviting space and be an example of environmental leadership. $10,000
Last updated: August 13, 2023