Apparently, the Forest Service does in fact recognize that overuse is antithetical to its mission.Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Overnight Permit Fee Proposal
Public comments needed! The Forest Service is proposing a $12 per-person/per-night fee for overnight permits to the most highly visited areas of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, including the Four-Pass Loop, Conundrum, Geneva Lake, and Capitol Lake.
The Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness is an iconic overnight wilderness destination that has been seeing significant impacts from heavy use for the past two decades, and revenues from the fees would provide a sustainable source of funds to address management challenges associated with over-crowding. More details and the opportunity to comment below. Let us know what you think by Sept. 15, 2021.
I believe that this may be a model for overused wildernesses in other national forests, so you may wish to participate in the comment period even if Maroon Bells aren't on your regular visitation list.
I wish they could implement the entry limits and permits without a fee (and an exorbitant, NIGHTLY fee, at that). (Inyo NF in the Sierra Nevada currently charges $5 for an entire trip, plus the $6 Rec.gov processing fee, so there is an established precedent here, though not nearly as costly).
Public Comment Portal: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/P ... ct=NP-2849
https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/whiteriv ... EPRD931832