U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Butte Field Office
|Release Date: 01/30/12|
BLM Considers Proposed Changes to Recreation Fees in Butte
The Bureau of Land Management’s Butte Field Office is considering an increase in fees at some of its recreation sites in the Holter/Hauser lakes and Big Hole River areas and will open up the issue for a 30-day public comment period beginning Feb. 1.
BLM officials will wait to decide how much the fees will be raised, when the increase will take place, or even whether or not the fees will change at all. The BLM asked the Western Montana Resource Advisory Council (RAC) to review the fees and provide recommendations, a role played by all four RACs in the Montana/Dakotas. The RAC formed a subgroup that visited the sites and evaluated the present fee structure. The subgroup has some preliminary recommendations but the BLM would benefit from general public input as well.
“We would like to have input from those who use recreation sites on public lands,” said Scott Haight, Butte Field Office Manager. “We value each and every comment we receive from the public as we move forward toward a final decision.”
The RAC will receive the subgroup recommendations at its next scheduled meeting this spring. Some preliminary findings by the subgroup that the BLM is requesting public comment upon include: increasing reservoir campsites from $10 to $15 and river campsites fees from $6 to $10; raising day-use fees from $2 to $5; and increasing seasonal day-use passes from $25 to $40.
A table of the preliminary recommended fee increases can be found at the Butte Field Office’s webpage under the link “BLM Considers Fee Changes at Recreation Sites in Butte”: www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/fo/butte_field_office.html or by clicking here.
Comments will be accepted by email to BLM_MT_Butte_FO@blm.gov or by regular mail to Butte BLM Field Manager, 106 N. Parkmont, Butte, MT 59701
For more information, call (406) 533-7600.
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.
Butte Field Office 106 North Parkmont Butte, MT 59701
|Last updated: 06-28-2012|
|USA.GOV | No Fear Act | DOI | Disclaimer | About BLM | Notices | Social Media Policy|