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FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comment until Feb. 23 on two draft business plans that include proposals to adjust use and reservation fees at campgrounds and cabins managed by the Eastern Interior Field Office.
“Recreation fees are reinvested directly back into the local recreation program to expand and improve recreational opportunities,” said BLM Fairbanks District Manager Geoff Beyersdorf. “Fees paid here, stay here.”
The draft business plans include information related to the recreation fee sites, proposed fee changes, operation and maintenance costs, planned expenditures, a financial analysis and potential impacts of fee changes. The business plans include the following modifications:
Increase the individual campsite fee at Cripple Creek, Eagle, Mt. Prindle, Ophir, Walker Fork, and West Fork Campgrounds to $12 at regular sites.
Increase fee for the walk-in sites at Cripple Creek Campground to $6.
Increase the group fee at Ophir Campground to $24 per night.
Increase the fee at the White Mountains National Recreation Area cabins to $42 per night.
Add an expanded amenity fee for reservation services.
The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004 requires that all fees collected from recreation sites be reinvested for services, maintenance, and improvements to the sites. Fees may be adjusted from time to time to reflect changes in costs, due to inflation, and to ensure a fair return for the use of public lands.
Public comments on the proposed recreation use fee changes will be accepted through Feb. 23 and may be submitted using the following methods:
Mail: BLM Eastern Interior Field Office, 222 University Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99709
For more information about the plan, contact Assistant Field Manager Levi Lewellyn, email@example.com, (907) 474-2200.
Bureau Of Land Management, Fairbanks District Office, 222 University Avenue, Fairbanks, AK 99709
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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.
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