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Court decision puts U.S. Forest Service's Adventure Pass program in jeopardy

.S. District Court Judge Terry Hatter entered final judgment in the landmark case on June 23, ordering the Forest Service to stop charging forest visitors to hike, fish, bicycle, walk and even park in the forest, according to the judgment. Hatter ruled that charging a recreation fee to a visitor who does not use "developed facilities and services" violates the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA).

Hatter also denied the U.S. Forest Service's cross-motion, meaning the case is over unless the Forest Service appeals the ruling to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court within 60 days.

The ruling affects the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres and San Bernardino national forests, an area that stretches from Monterey to San Diego and from Santa Clarita to Big Bear.

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