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Release Date: 02/24/12
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BLM advisory council to consider Upper Colorado River fee adjustment proposal March 8 in Montrose (02-24-12)

KREMMLING, Colo.  – The Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council will meet March 7-8 in Montrose, Colo., as part of a larger meeting of BLM Colorado’s RACs.

The NW RAC agenda includes considering a formal recommendation regarding the BLM’s proposal to adjust the fee structure at the popular Pumphouse and Radium recreation sites on the Upper Colorado River, which see more than 60,000 users each year. The item will be considered March 8 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., with an opportunity for public comment at 9:30 a.m.

BLM is proposing to increase the day-use fee for the first time since the fee program began in this area in 1998 to off-set inflation and the rising costs of maintenance and operations. The day-use fee at these sites for private users would increase from $3 to $5 per vehicle per day.  The commercial day-use fee would be raised from $1 to $1.25 per person per day.  The season pass would be raised from $15 to $20.

BLM is also considering making a change to the fee classification that would allow the day-use fee to be covered by the America the Beautiful Annual, Senior, Access and Volunteer Interagency passes. The current classification at these locations does not allow these passes to be used for day-use fees.

The NW RAC has authority under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act to make formal recommendations on specific recreation fee proposals, an important step ahead of a fee or fee change being implemented. Specific information about this proposal and the agendas for the NW RAC and statewide RAC meetings are available at:

The NW RAC will meet March 7 from 3:30-5 p.m., and March 8 from 8-10:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 1391 South Townsend Ave., Montrose, Colo.

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. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 02-24-2012