BLM seeks public comment on Upper Colorado River fee increases
KREMMLING – The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on its proposal to adjust the fee structure at the popular Pumphouse and Radium recreation areas on the Upper Colorado River.
BLM is proposing to increase the day-use fee for the first time since the fee program began in this area in 1998 to offset inflation and rising costs of maintenance and operations.
The day-use fee at these areas for private users would increase from $3 to $4 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, according to the BLM.
Under the new classification, holders of the Annual and Volunteer Interagency Pass would not pay a day-use fee, but would still pay full price for camping fees. Holders of Senior and Access Interagency Passes would not pay a day use fee and would pay 50 percent of the camping fees.
BLM anticipates making its decision on this proposal in spring 2011. Fee increases must also be approved by the Colorado Recreation Resource Advisory Council.
Pumphouse and Radium recreation areas provide access points to the Colorado River. An estimated 60,000 people use the areas annually.
Day-use fees generated $48,000 last year. The annual operating cost of these areas is $164,000.
All the day-use fees collected are used on-site for maintenance and improvements. BLM began charging use-fees at these areas in 1998 under the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program. A major renovation of the Pumphouse Campground completed last summer was partly funded by these user-fees.
Comments will be most helpful if they are received by Nov. 30. They can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Hannah Schechter, PO Box 68, Kremmling, CO 80459. For more information log onto http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/kfo.html or call Hannah Schechter (970) 724-3008.
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