A5RP wrote:Funds are are pre allocated to the local Parks SAR from that specific Park's entrance fees.
North Cascades National Park has some pretty epic backcountry terrain and people do get lost/injured in there. It does not charge an entrance fee. How do you think they pay for park activities, including SAR?
User fees make up 6% of the NPS budget. Given the vast resources that get pulled into a SAR (LE rangers, naturalist/climbing rangers, sar-siters, contract helicopter, helitack) some of which wouldn't even be there in the first place were it not for federal dollars, I think it's a bit of a stretch to hold the NPS up as a template for 100% user fee funded SAR. Without those tax dollars the parks would look very, very different.
Assuming we went with a statewide use fee for SAR, you still haven't explained who you think should pay it. Everyone who sets foot on USFS/BLM land? Everyone going above 10k? Alzheimer's patients? Families with small children who might wander into the woods? Would Steve Fossett have paid into it, since Mono SAR was involved with his recovery?