Date: 7/25/17 9:21 pm
From: Maureen Blackford <mblackford...>
Subject: RE: [AZNMbirds] NO BIRDS - FYI Alert - Senior Lifetime Parks Pass Price Hike in August
This is a great deal....I purchased mine at Tumacacori National historic park..


Maureen Blackford Sahuarita AZ (seasonally)
-------- Original message --------From: trose <trose...> Date: 7/25/17 11:58 AM (GMT-07:00) To: <aznmbirds...> 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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