U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Casper Field Office
|Release Date: 07/12/12|
BLM CFO Plans to Establish Fees for Trapper’s Route and Muddy Mountain
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Casper Field Office has completed a recreation business plan that outlines changes to the existing fee structure on Muddy Mountain Environmental Education Area (EEA) and establishes expanded amenity fees at overnight facilities within Trapper’s Route Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA).
The proposed changes for the Muddy Mountain EEA include removing day-use fees at developed sites and increasing the remaining fees. Camping fees will be increased from $5 to $7 for each overnight stay and extra vehicles will be increased from $2 to $3. The Muddy Mountain EEA is a popular recreation area for both day-use and overnight visits. The EEA is located approximately 20 miles south of Casper and has two existing campgrounds.
The expanded amenity fees being established for Trapper’s Route SRMA include a $10 fee for overnight camping and $5 fee for each additional vehicle. Trapper’s Route is located along the North Platte River between Casper and Alcova, Wyo. A day-use fee will not be charged. Trapper’s Route encompasses public lands adjoining the North Platte River in central Wyoming. This important recreation area spans 41 miles and encompasses over 3,000 acres of BLM- administered public lands.
All revenues collected will remain in the Casper Field Office for the enhancement of recreational opportunities for Trappers Route and Muddy Mountain. “The fees collected will be used to support sustainable recreation values, improve and expand existing facilities, provide for law enforcement presence, develop additional services and interpretative signs, and to protect unique and sensitive resources of this area,” said BLM Casper Field Manager Joe Meyer.
The Notice of Intent to collect fees on public lands will be published in the Federal Register for public review and comments. Comments can be mailed, hand-delivered, or faxed to BLM, Attn: Outdoor Recreation Planner, Casper Field Office, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming 82601; fax: 307-261-7587. You may also email your comment to: Casper_WYMail@blm.gov with “Recreation Fee Collection” in the subject line. Comments are due by Oct. 11.
The business plan is available on the Web at http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Casper/recreation.html.
For more information, contact Outdoor Recreation Planner, Eve Skillman, BLM at (307) 261-7517.
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.
Casper Field Office 2987 Prospector Drive Casper, WY 82604
|Last updated: 07-13-2012|
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