Thursday, December 03, 2009

Forest Service may reduce campground discount for seniors, disabled

The U.S. Forest Service wants to eliminate its long-standing half-off discount for seniors and the disabled at federal campgrounds run by private companies. Concessioners now operate most of the agency's developed campsites.

"It doubles the cost, but psychologically, it's just irritating," said George Hermach of Eugene, who with his wife, Ruth, has worn out three Volkswagen vans and an Airstream trailer camping around Oregon.

"We find that commercial campgrounds are pretty expensive now, so we've always generally camped on Forest Service campgrounds and national parks," said George, 87.
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