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[Federal Register: August 7, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 151)]
[Notices]               
[Page 44172-44173]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr07au07-80]                         

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[UT-062-07-1220-EB]

 
Notice of Intent To Collect Fees on Public Land in Grand County,
Utah, Moab Field Office Under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement
Act (REA)

AGENCY:  Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION:  Notice of Intent.

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SUMMARY:  Pursuant to applicable provisions of the Federal Lands
Recreation Enhancement Act (REA), 16 U.S.C. 6801 et seq., the Moab
Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to
begin collecting fees in 2008 for five camping areas: Lower Onion Creek
(T. 24 S., R. 23 E., Sec. 10, within, SLM), Rock Castle (T. 25 S., R.
24 E., Sec. 29, within, SLM), Ledge (T. 27 S., R. 21 E., Sections 3 and
10, within, SLM), Cowboy Camp (T. 26 S., R. 19 E., Sec. 11, within,
SLM), and Lone Mesa (T. 25 S., R. 19 E., Sec. 10, within, SLM). These
proposed sites are located in Grand County, Utah.

DATES: Effective Date: The public is encouraged to participate during
the public comment period that will expire 30 days after publication of
this notice. Effective six months after the publication of this notice,
the BLM, Moab Field Office will initiate fee collection at the Lower
Onion Creek, Rock Castle, Ledge, Cowboy Camp, and Lone Mesa camping
areas, as construction work is completed, unless the BLM publishes a
Federal Register notice to the contrary. The Utah Resource Advisory
Council (RAC), functioning as a Recreation Resource Advisory Committee
(RRAC) has reviewed the proposal to charge fees at the sites mentioned
above. The RAC unanimously approved the proposal at its May 2, 2007
meeting. Future adjustments in the fee amount will be made in
accordance with the Moab Field Office's recreation fee business plan
covering the sites. Fee increases will be made after consultation with
the RAC and other appropriate advance public notice.

ADDRESSES:  Mail: Field Manager, Moab Field Office, Bureau of Land
Management, 82 East Dogwood, Moab, UT 84532 or momail@ut.blm.gov.

For Further Information, or to Provide Comment, Contact:  Russell von
Koch, Recreation Branch Chief, Moab Field Office, Bureau of Land
Management, 82 East Dogwood, Moab, UT 84532 (435) 259-2100.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:  Under Section 3(g) of the REA, the Lower
Onion Creek, Rock Castle, Ledge, Cowboy Camp, and Lone Mesa camping
areas the ``camping areas'' will qualify, upon completion, as sites
wherein visitors can be charged an ``Expanded Amenity Recreation Fee.''
Visitors wishing to use the expanded amenities the BLM is developing at
the five camping areas would purchase a recreation use permit as
described at 43 CFR part 2930. Pursuant to REA and implementing
regulations at 43 CFR subpart 2933, fees may be charged for overnight
camping and group use reservations. Specific visitor fees will be
identified and posted at the site. Fees must be paid at the self-
service pay station located at the site. People holding the America The
Beautiful--The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands--Senior
Pass (i.e., Interagency Senior Pass), a Golden Age Passport, the
America the Beautiful--The National Parks and Federal Recreational
Lands--Access Pass (i.e. Interagency Access Pass), or a Golden Access
Passport will be entitled to a 50 percent fee reduction on all fees
except those associated with group reservations. Fees charged for use
of the group sites would include a non-refundable site reservation fee
and a per person use fee.
    The Lower Onion Creek and Rock Castle camping areas are within and
adjacent to the Colorado Riverway Recreation Area which includes ten
existing similar fee sites. The Lower Onion Creek site would include
both group site facilities and individual campsites. The Rock Castle
site has individual camp sites only. The Ledge area, which would have
individual sites, is located in Kane Creek Canyon just upstream from
the Colorado Riverway Recreation area near the junction of the Kane
Creek and Hurrah Pass roads. The Lone Mesa site, located along the Dead
Horse Mesa Scenic Byway, would include both group sites and individual
campsites. The Cowboy Camp Camping Area is also located along the Dead
Horse Mesa Scenic Byway and would have individual sites only.
    The BLM is committed to provide, and receive fair value for the use
of developed recreation facilities and

[[Page 44173]]

services in a manner that meets public use demands, provides quality
experiences and protects important resources. The BLM's policy is to
collect fees at all specialized recreation sites, or where the BLM
provides facilities, equipment or services, at Federal expense, in
connection with outdoor use as authorized by the REA. In an effort to
meet increasing demands for services and maintenance of developed
facilities, the BLM would implement a fee program for the camping
areas. Implementing a fee program for the camping areas will help
ensure that funding is available to maintain facilities and
recreational opportunities, to provide for law enforcement presence, to
develop additional services, and to protect resources. This entails
communication with those who will be most directly affected by the
camping areas, for example recreationists, other recreation providers,
partners, neighbors, and those who will have a stake in solving
concerns that may arise throughout the life of the camping areas,
including elected officials, and other agencies.
    Development of the camping areas is consistent with the 1985 Grand
Resource Management Plan and was analyzed in the following
environmental documents: Kokopelli's Trail Improvements, UT-068-90-55,
DR/FONSI signed 2/15/1990; Colorado Riverway Recreation Area Management
Plan, UT-062-151, DR/FONSI signed 7/9/2001; Big Mesa and Cowboy Camp
Camping Areas, UT-060-2006-115, DR/FONSI signed 7/10/2006, and Kane
Creek Camping Areas, UT-060-2007-026, DR/FONSI forthcoming in June
2007. Fees would be consistent with other established fee sites in the
area including other BLM administered sites in the area and those
managed by the USDA Forest Service, USDI National Park Service, and
Utah State Parks and Recreation. Future adjustments in the fee amount
will be made following the Moab Field Office's recreation fee business
plan covering the sites, consultation with the RAC and other public
notice prior to a fee increase.
    In December 2004, the REA was signed into law. The REA provides
authority for 10 years for the Secretaries of the Interior and
Agriculture to establish, modify, charge, and collect recreation fees
for use of some Federal recreation lands and waters, and contains
specific provisions addressing public involvement in the establishment
of recreation fees, including a requirement that Recreation Resource
Advisory Committees or Councils have the opportunity to make
recommendations regarding establishment of such fees. REA also directed
the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture to publish advance
notice in the Federal Register whenever new recreation fee areas are
established under their respective jurisdictions. In accordance with
the BLM recreation fee program policy, the Moab Field Office's
recreation fee business plan both explains the fee collection process
and how the fees will be used at the camping areas. BLM will notify and
involve the public at each stage of the planning process, including the
proposal to collect fees. The RAC has reviewed the fee proposal as
well. Fee amounts will be posted on-site, and at the Moab Field Office,
and copies of the business plan will be available at the Moab Field
Office and the BLM Utah State Office.
    The BLM welcomes public comments on this proposal. Before including
your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal
identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire
comment--including your personal identifying information--may be made
publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to
withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we
cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 6803(b).

Maggie Wyatt,
Field Manager, Moab Field Office.
[FR Doc. E7-15363 Filed 8-6-07; 8:45 am]
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