Congressman Huffman introduces bill to retain marina fees

June 30, 2021

On Friday, Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, introduced bipartisan legislation with neighbor, Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, to extend the authority of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest to collect and retain marina fees to enhance recreation and improve access at the Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area.

 “This is an important piece of legislation for Trinity County, its residents, economy, and the many visitors it welcomes every year,” said Representative Huffman. “The Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area is a critical economic driver in my district. As the country reopens and tourism returns, this fee retention authority will support Trinity County and the growing outdoor recreation economy in our region.”

The authority to collect and retain fees is critical for the Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, which manages 212,000 acres, including 48,480 lake surface areas and 12 highly developed commercial marinas. Marina fees are invested in recreation enhancement projects such as boat ramp improvements, boating and water safety public service announcements, improved access to the lakes for persons with disabilities, floating restrooms, and interpretive and educational programs. The bill extends the fee retention authority to Fiscal Year 2027.

Rep. Huffman has also worked with Rep. LaMalfa to include language in appropriations bills to extend the fee retention authority after it previously expired.

Source: The Trinity Journal