U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
United States Department of the Interior
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Washington, D.C. 20240
November 19, 2010
In Reply Refer To:
2930 (250) P
EMS TRANSMISSION 11-19-2010
Instruction Memorandum No. 2011-019
To: All Washington Office and Field Officials
Subject: Special Recreation Permit Administration
Program Area: Recreation and Visitor Services – Special Recreation Permits
Purpose: The purpose of this Instruction Memorandum (IM) is to re-emphasize agency requirements for the administration of special recreation permits for commercial, competitive use, and organized group activities and events. Changes to current guidance are shown in italics.
Policy/Action: Officials are directed to 43 CFR Part 2930, the BLM Manual 2930, and the H-2930-1 Recreation Permit Administration Handbook for detailed guidance on issuance of special recreation permits.
The issuance of a special recreation permit (SRP) is a discretionary action that is used by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to authorize commercial, competitive, and group recreation events and activities on public lands and related waters. An SRP is an important part of BLM’s multiple-use mission, and is one of many tools used to implement land use plans, achieve the goals and objectives of the field office’s recreation program, manage visitor use, protect resources, and help ensure the health and safety of the visiting public.
The proper administration of an SRP requires numerous steps and the full engagement of the BLM staff and managers. The authorized officer may issue an SRP only when it has been their determination that the BLM has the capacity to properly administer the permit. If the field office cannot fulfill, or complete, all the necessary steps of a use authorization, then no SRP shall be issued. A complete description of permit administration procedures is contained in the Recreation Permit Administration Handbook, which is highlighted below with references to where specific information can be found in the handbook.
The steps include, but are not limited to:
Additionally, pre-application consultation with potential permit applicants is highly recommended to ensure clear communication of permitting requirements and timeframes. Pre-application consultation can improve permit processing efficiency. (Illustration 1 and Appendix B-1)
The Knowledge Resource Center hosted by the National Training Center includes online SRP training and references related to special recreation permit administration. We have expanded the reference section to include samples of special stipulations and operating plans. Field office recreation staff is requested to forward examples to their State Lead Recreation Planner. State Leads are requested to post the examples on the WO-250 SharePoint site SRP folder for inclusion.
Please refer any constituent or applicant questions about implementation of full cost recovery or permit administration that cannot be resolved at the field office or state office level to the Director’s Office.
Timeframe: Effective immediately.
Budget Impact: This policy has no impact on budget.
Background: The BLM is responsible for policy, direction, and guidance for managing recreation fees and issuing and administering special recreation permits for commercial, competitive use, and organized group activities and events as a means of authorizing uses on public lands and related waters. Under the authority of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, the BLM uses the recreation permitting system to satisfy recreational demand within allowable use levels in an equitable, safe, and enjoyable manner while minimizing adverse resource impacts and user conflicts. The use of public lands and/or related waters is a privilege subject to the terms and conditions of the permits.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: BLM Recreation Permit Administration Handbook H-2930-1.
Coordination: This policy was coordinated with the Office of the National Landscape System, Division of Safety, Health, and Emergency Management, the Office of Law Enforcement and Security and the Executive Leadership Team.
Contact: If you have questions concerning this IM, please contact Bob Ratcliffe, Chief, Division of Recreation and Visitor Services, at 202-912-7250, or Judith Zuckert, SRP Program Lead, at 202-912-7093.
Signed by: Authenticated by:
Robert V. Abbey Michelle F. Thomas
Director Division of IRM Governance, WO-560