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NPS Discontinues Sale of Federal Lands Passes at the Visitor Center in Calabasas
September 19, 2013 -
THOUSAND OAKS, CAAs of October 1, the National Park Service (NPS) will end the sale of federal lands passes at the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center. The passes, including versions for seniors, active military and the disabled, cover entrance fees at national parks and other federal lands.
There is no fee to enter federal lands in the Santa Monica Mountains, but NPS has been selling the passes as a courtesy to visitors traveling to other locations.
While some national parks sell hundreds of passes per day and invest a percentage of sales into the park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) averages just over one sale per day and is not generating any funds for park improvement projects.
Superintendent David Szymanski explains that selling federal lands passes requires an NPS ranger to be on duty at all times. Running a well-managed fee or pass program requires training, inventories, audits and oversight, said Szymanski. Discontinuing the sale of these passes gives us greater flexibility to put our staff where the demand for programs and public services are greatest. NPS will still maintain a strong presence at the visitor center, but rangers from partner agencies and from the volunteer program will now be able to fill in gaps as needed. Most passes can be purchased either online, by phone or by mailmore information is available at