Because this story is no longer online, it is reproduced here with permission from:, 13 November 1997,

Forest Gets A Face Lift

CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST - The Cleveland National Forest is getting a face lift, thanks to money received from a new fee paid by picnickers and other recreational users, a spokeswoman said today.

Park users will notice extended operating hours at some areas, new trail markers and bulletin boards, graffiti removal, replacement of picnic tables and making one site accessible for handicapped people, said CNF Public Information Officer Joan Wynn.

This is the first year of a pilot program in which the national forests can charge recreational users. The Adventure Pass costs $5 per day or $30 per year.

The Cleveland National Forest gets back 80 percent of money from its sales of the Adventure Pass under the pilot program, said CNF spokeswoman Betty Hawkes.

The recent improvements were made possible by a payment of $4,955, based on Adventure Pass sales from April 1 to June 30, Wynn said.

Cleveland National Forest encompasses many of the mountain areas of East County, including Descanso, Pine Valley, Mount Laguna and Lake Morena, and the Palomar area in North County.

Officials would like the people who use the forest to help determine what future money will be used for, forest supervisor Anne Fege said. E-mail your questions and comments.