Date: 7/26/17 5:49 am
From: Ralph Poulsen <ktm690dog...>
Subject: RE: [AZNMbirds] NO BIRDS - FYI Alert - Senior Lifetime Parks Pass Price Hike in August
It is my understanding that the money stays at the park where it is
purchased. I buy mine at Saguaro East and the rangers have always been
very appreciative.

Ralph Poulsen
Vail AZ

On Jul 25, 2017 9:21 PM, "Maureen Blackford" <mblackford...>
wrote:

> 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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