BLM seeks public input on campsite maintenance plan
CAÑON CITY, COLO. – The Royal Gorge Field Office is accepting public comment on a business plan designed to address maintenance costs associated with a rapidly increasing use of facilities operated and maintained by the Bureau of Land Management. The business plan proposes a new fee structure for the Bank, Sand Gulch, and Turtle Rock campgrounds. It also sets the structure for any future fees that may be implemented on BLM-managed lands within the Royal Gorge Field Office, including those recently identified in Chaffee County.
“We have seen record growth in the public’s use of these camp sites, which necessitates an increase in the resources to maintain them,” said Royal Gorge Field Office Manager, Keith Berger. “We truly have something special, and we take the long-term management of these areas seriously.”
For these and future sites designated for fees, the charge will be $20 per night for a basic campground, $10 per night for a primitive campground, and $10 per night for overflow camping.
The plan is available for review here: https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/permits-and-fees/business-plans.
Comments on the plan should be submitted via email to Kalem Lenard, Royal Gorge Field Office Assistant Field Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to BLM Recreation Office, 3028 E. Main Street, Cañon City, CO 81212.
For public enquiries, contact Kalem Lenard, Royal Gorge Field Office Assistant Field Manager, at (719) 269-8538. For media enquiries, contact Levi Spellman, Public Affairs Specialist, BLM Rocky Mountain District Public Affairs, at (719) 269-8553.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.