Colorado Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet have cosponsored a bill that would allow local forest service agencies to keep more of the money received from ski area permitting. Under current law, ski area permit fees paid to the Forest Service are sent to the U.S. Department of the Treasury and then appropriated back to the Forest Service. The Ski Area Fee Retention Act would create an account under the National Forest System, in which a portion of the roughly $37 million in annual fees generated by the ski areas would be retained. This account would ensure that the Forest Service agencies have adequate resources to administer permits and review capital improvement projects, especially in areas like the White River National Forest, which is the most visited National Forest in the country. Gardner says this bi-partisan legislation will make it easier for our skiing communities to make the capital improvements they need to grow and thrive. Bennet agreed, saying that allowing ski areas to retain some of the ski permitting fees will strengthen the partnerships between Colorado communities and these ski areas while providing new opportunities for growth in those communities.