Date: 7/25/17 10:58 am
From: trose <trose...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] NO BIRDS - FYI Alert - Senior Lifetime Parks Pass Price Hike in August
Just an FYI head's up - if you are 62 and over and frequently use any of
the birding sites on lands covered by the "America the Beautiful – The
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass – Senior Pass", and
you HAVEN'T bought your lifetime senior pass yet (or have lost yours and
have been intending to replace it) BUY IT NOW!!!

The senior pass, which costs a one-time fee of only $10 for life once
you turn 62 (and only $20 if you order it by mail and/or online) will be
going up to $80 on August 28, 2017. If you already have your senior
pass, it will be grandfathered in, and all it's benefits remain intact
for life (as long as it's not lost or stolen) - you won't have to pay
more. Any new senior pass bought through August 27, 2017 will still cost
the original $10. They are having a large volume of purchases at the
moment (no wonder!), so passes may possibly end up being out of stock at
actual physical sites at any one time, but the USGS purchase website
says that any mail order purchases through the USGS that are
*postmarked* before August 28th will still be honored at the $10 price.

$10 is a heck of a bargain of a price to be able to get free access to a
bountiful myriad of recreational sites within the BLM, Bureau of
Reclamation, Fish & Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, National Park
Service and US Army Corps of Engineers. Plus you often get discounts
(sometimes up to 50%) on extra amenities within those agencies, such as
campgrounds. To be honest, even the new price of $80 lifetime will still
be a pretty darned spectacular bargain. Most birders could plow through
that price in Day Use Fees alone, in very short order. (Hubby and I
chalked up nearly 2/3 of that price in savings with his senior pass,
just on our one recent trip to San Diego, alone.)

The government is also implementing a brand new Annual Senior Pass for
$20/year, for those on a budget, or those that aren't yet sure if they'd
use a pass that much. The nice thing is, after you've purchased four
Annual Senior Passes in the future (a sure sign that you ARE using them
much!) you can then trade in those four passes to obtain a life pass,
which you can then use instead, with no further annual pass purchases
needed. (So make sure you don't throw any of the expired ones away!)

***And one very important recommendation I'd suggest to you: once you
get (or already have) your lifetime Senior Pass in hand, treat those
things like gold!!! They are good for you to use for life, but if they
are ever stolen or lost, you will have to buy a replacement, and that
will be at the new $80 price.

For complete details and frequently asked questions about these new
changes, go here:

https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/senior-pass-changes.htm?utm_source=recdotgov&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=senior_pass



Tonya Holland
Three Points AZ

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