Seniors can get “rain check” on lifetime federal land passes

In response to recent high demand, federal agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, have implemented a rain check policy for issuing America the Beautiful Lifetime Senior Passes.

Following the announcement of a price increase beginning Aug. 28, 2017, many offices on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and elsewhere began experiencing an unprecedented high demand in America the Beautiful Lifetime Senior Passes.

Many offices on the forest are now completely out of stock. In response to this, temporary policies have been implemented to meet this increased demand and continue offering these passes at the current price point.

Visitors now have the option of paying for their $10 Senior Pass now and using a voucher to confirm their purchase.

Once passes are back in stock, visitors can then return to the same office to pick up their pass, or have their pass mailed to them. Until they receive their pass, visitors can present their voucher to staff or display it in their car windshield to confirm their purchase.

Online purchases of the senior passes are also backlogged due to high demand. In response, official confirmation of the online purchase of a $10 Senior Pass will be honored as a valid pass until the visitor’s order can be fulfilled.

These policies will remain in place through Aug. 27, after which the price increase for the passes goes into effect. Exchange of receipts for previously purchased passes will continue through Sept. 30.

Contact your local forest office with questions: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nezperceclearwater/about-forest/offices.

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