U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
For Release: June 27, 2007
BLM Announces Intent to Collect Fees at Clear Creek Management Area
The Bureau of Land Management has announced it intends to collect user fees starting no earlier than January 2008 at the Clear Creek Management Area to meet increasing demands for visitor services at the popular recreation site in Fresno and San Benito counties.
“The fees collected will be used at CCMA to maintain existing facilities and recreational opportunities, to provide for law enforcement presence, to develop additional services, and to protect unique and sensitive resources in the area,” said Rick Cooper, BLM Hollister Field Office manager.
BLM is seeking public comment on the proposal for the next 30 days. Comments must be received by the BLM’s Hollister Field Office, 20 Hamilton Court, Hollister, Calif. 95023 by July 27. BLM also plans to seek review and a recommendation from the Pacific Southwest Recreation Resources Advisory Committee being established under the authority of the Recreation Enhancement Act by BLM and the U.S. Forest Service.
The area is used primarily for off-highway vehicle recreation, but is gaining popularity for other activities including hunting, hiking, backpacking, hang gliding, peak climbing, and rock hounding, Cooper said. In March 2006, the BLM’s existing Central California Resource Advisory Council voted unanimously to “accept the concept of the collection of user fees at Clear Creek.” BLM held a public workshop in June 2006 where members of the public expressed willingness to pay a user fee as long as the funding showed tangible results within the area.
Under the proposal open for comment, all visitors would be charged a Standard Amenity Recreation fee of $5 per primary vehicle. OHV users (e.g. all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles, quads, dune buggies) would be charged an additional Special Recreation Permit fee of $10 per OHV. Both of these fees would be good for a weekly pass from Wednesday through Tuesday regardless of the day of purchase. An $80 seasonal pass (valid from October 16 through May 31) would be available that would cover both the primary vehicle and two OHVs. OHVs specifically for riders under sixteen would not be charged a fee. Holders of the new America the Beautiful Passport as well as the still valid Golden Eagle, Golden Age, and Golden Access Passports will be exempt from the $5 SAR fee, but will be required to pay the SRP fee.
For more information, contact Lesly Smith, BLM outdoor recreation planner, at the Hollister BLM Field Office, (831) 630-5000.