USDA award sets up single recreation site

Washington's Lake Chelan National Recreation Area is one of some 57,000 properties to be included under a new interagency federal reservation service.

The Agriculture Department's Forest Service has awarded a contract to ReserveAmerica of Ballston Spa, N.Y., for a single, interagency federal recreation information and reservation service.

The National Recreation Reservation Service will open to the public late this year, offering centralized shopping for more than 57,000 campgrounds, cabins, parks, and tours of national sites, historic homes and caves.

Other agencies participating are the Army Corps of Engineers and the Interior Department's National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation.

The reservation service will have multiple sales channels, including telephone contact centers, online reservations and walk-up reservations at some locations. Expanded service will include a Web reservations portal, at www.recreation.gov. More than 50 percent of park reservations are now made via the Internet.

Two current reservation services will continue in operation until the integration is complete.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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