U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Kremmling Field Office
|Release Date: 05/29/09|
BLM adjusts use fees for Upper Colorado River recreation sites
KREMMLING, Colo. – Visitors to the Bureau of Land Management Pumphouse and Radium recreation areas on the Upper Colorado River will notice some changes in day-use fee requirements beginning this weekend.
All vehicles at the recreation sites will now pay the $3 day-use fee. The first vehicle in a camping area will pay the camping fee ($10 at Pumphouse, $6 at Radium), which includes the day-use fee. This was the original fee structure authorized in 1998.
For the past several years, an exception for the $3 day-use fee was allowed for a second vehicle at an individual campsite, or three additional vehicles at a group campsite.
Additionally, group campsites at Pumphouse and Radium will now follow the same fee structure as individual sites. The $30 fee for group campsites will be eliminated.
Given the adjustment of the day-use fee requirement and the group-campsite fees, BLM doesn’t expect much change from the current revenue generated at these sites.
Last year 46,353 people visited the fee sites, but only 2,649 visitors camped. Most visitors were day users who floated the Colorado River from Pumphouse to Radium. More than $52,000 was generated from the use-fees in 2008.
BLM began charging use-fees at these areas in 1998 under the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program. Revenue generated from these fees is used for maintenance and to improve these sites. A major renovation of the Pumphouse Campground scheduled for this summer, for instance, is being partly funded by these user fees.
For additional information, log on to www.blm.gov or call (970) 724-3000. Reservations for the group campsites can be made at this number as well.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
Kremmling Field Office 2103 East Park Avenue Kremmline, Colorado 80459
|Last updated: 06-02-2009|
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