July 10, 2017
New Senior Recreation Pass Implementation Announced Today
Today, the National Park Service announced the implementation of the new America the Beautiful Senior Pass on August 28, 2017. See attached press release. The interagency pass team, including the Corps, has been fully involved. Information and standard operating procedures for the new pass have been sent to the ATB pass coordinators and webinars will be held over the next 6 weeks to provide additional information on implementation. The current passes will continue to be honored. People wishing to purchase the new passes will be able to do that at a large number of field location and on the web.
We know that implementation on August 28 will pose significant challenges to our field fee collectors during our busiest Labor Day weekend. We had no control over the selection of this date, it was decided in the Administration and by Secretary of the Interior.
There will be additional information and direction to the field as implementation gets nearer. Ms. Diane Stratton is the Corps POC for the ATB Pass program and is coordinating the dissemination of materials and information. The HQ PAO office is coordinating with District PAO's on further information. Please make sure that all field personnel involved in the pass program, permanent, temporary, and contracted, have adequate information and guidance when the passes go into effect.
The attached press release, announcing the implementation date for the Senior Pass price increase that was enacted as part of the National Park Service Centennial Act in the 114th Congress, has been posted on the NPS website today. The price increase will take effect on August 28, 2017.
The NPS Centennial Act raised the price of the lifetime senior pass (currently $10) so that it is on par with the cost of a regular annual pass (currently $80). It also authorized a $20 annual pass for senior citizens.
The NPS, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers participate in the Federal Interagency Pass Program. The United States Geological Survey administers the online sale of the various passes.
https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/senior-pass-changes.htm? utm_source=feesandpasses&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=senior_pass a>
Mary J. Coulombe Chief, Natural Resources Management
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