El Centro Field Office

Annual Fee Report
Fiscal Year 2010

Per Section 804 of the Federal Lands and Recreation Act (c)(2), this information demonstrates, on an annual basis, the use of recreation fee revenues in the El Centro Field Office. It is also provided per guidance in the BLM Recreation Permits and Fees Manual section (2930.06B6j). The information below is based on the best available data from the BLM FBMS System.  


El Centro Field Office
FY 2010 Fee Program Revenue = $66,000*

*Does not include Imperial Sand Dunes (see below).  Revenue generated from LTVA permits, camping fees, all Special Recreation Permits.

Figure is an enhanced pie chart showing fee expenditure percentages and totals for the El Centro Field Office in fiscal year 2010. 7% overhead or $1,000, 29% maintenance or $4,000, and 64% visitor services or $9,000.

Expenditures included the following services for the public land visitors through fee collections:

  • Visitor services through campground host volunteers
  • Maintenance of recreation facilities
  • Program management

Priority projects for the next fiscal year will include overhead, maintenance, visitor services and interpretation (area recreation guide).


Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area
FY 2010 Fee Program Revenue = $2,965,000

Figure is an enhanced  pie chart showing fee expenditure percentages and totals for the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area in fiscal year 2010. 7% overhead or $233,000, 18% maintenance or $555,000, 24% visitor services or $750,000, 22% law enforcement or $698,000 and 29% fee program management or $901,000.

Expenditures included the following services for the 1,280,000 visitors to the dunes:

 
  • Restrooms
  • Outreach & Education
  • Trash Collection
  • Emergency Medical/Rescue Services
  • Road Maintenance
  • Law Enforcement
  • Fee Collection
  • Recreation Program Management


Priority projects for the next fiscal year will include maintenance, overhead, fee program management, visitor services and law enforcement.

ISDRA Fee Expenditure Categories:
Maintenance
- Trash collection, restroom maintenance, road and camping pad grading, sand removal from road and campgrounds.
Overhead - Labor, training and travel.
Fee Program Management - Management and labor for permit program including on and off site sales, website management, printing, mailing and vendor management.
Visitor Services - Emergency Medical/Rescue Services, dispatch, travel costs for holiday assistance, vehicles, education and outreach, maps.
Law Enforcement - Labor, vehicles and travel costs for holiday assistance.


2010 Projects

Your fee dollars at work!
Heavy machinery got the job done along Wash Road (Imperial Sand Dunes) in April 2010, widening and resurfacing this popular access to camp areas along the washes.  Other recent improvements funded by fee dollars include the resurfacing of Cement Flats and Pads 1, 1.5, 2 and 2.5.  As this funding allows, minor road shoulder work along Gecko Road should progress throughout the summer months.


Under a blistering sun, your fee dollars shine!

Pad 3 along Gecko Road (Imperial Sand Dunes) gets some tender loving care in June 2010.  Much of the road and pad maintenance supported by fee dollars occurs in the summer, out of sight of most visitors.  Without this continuing attention, parts of Gecko Road would be buried in one summer!