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[Federal Register: December 24, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 248)]
[Notices]               
[Page 79040-79041]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr24de08-36]                         

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service

 
Notice of New Fee Sites; Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement
Act, (Title VIII, Pub. L. 108-447)

AGENCY: Northern Region, USDA Forest Service.

ACTION: Notice of New Fee Sites.

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SUMMARY: Pending public comments and feedback received through the BLM
Resource Advisory Council (BLM RAC) review and recommendation process,
the following National Forests and National Grasslands in the Northern
Region propose to begin charging new fees at the following recreation
sites: The Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest will begin charging new
fees for overnight camping at Pintler Campground ($5/night) with an
additional vehicle fee of $3/vehicle; East Fork Campground ($8/night)
with an additional vehicle fee of $3/vehicle; North Van Houten
Campground ($9/night) with an additional vehicle fee of $3/vehicle;
South Van Houten Campground ($9/night) with an additional vehicle fee
of $3/vehicle Twin Lakes Campground ($9/night) with an additional
vehicle fee of $3/vehicle; for day use at Canyon Creek Day Use Site
($4/site), and for the overnight rental at Long Tom Cabin ($40/night);
and at Springhill Cabin ($50/night). Bitterroot National Forest will
begin charging new fees for overnight camping at Blodgett Campground
($8/night); for day use at Willoughby Group Site ($50); for the
overnight rental of Lost Horse Cabin ($50/night); and Boulder Point
Lookout ($35/night). The Clearwater National Forest will begin charging
new fees for the overnight rental of Wendover Cabin ($40/night). The
Custer National Forest will begin charging new fees for overnight
camping at Jimmy Joe Campground ($10/night) with an extra vehicle fee
of $5/night; Palisades Campground ($10/night) with an extra vehicle fee
of $5/night; M K Campground ($10/night) with an extra vehicle fee of
$5/night; and Initial Creek Campground ($10/night) with an extra
vehicle fee of $5/night. The Dakota Prairie Grasslands will begin
charging new fees for overnight camping at Burning Coal Vein Campground
($10/night). The Idaho Panhandle National Forest will begin charging
new fees for overnight camping at Cedar Creek Campground ($8/night)
with an extra vehicle fee of $2/night; Telichpah Campground ($8/night)
with an additional vehicle fee of $2/night; Tripod Point Campground
($5/night); Distillery Bay Campground ($5/night); Bottle Bay Campground
($5/night); and Teacher Bay Campground ($5/night). The Idaho Panhandle
National Forest will also begin charging a dump station fee of $3 at
Upper Landing Dump Station for each tank downloaded. The Nez Perce
National Forest will begin charging new fees for the overnight rental
of Sourdough Lookout ($30/night); Moore's Station Cabin ($50/night);
Elk Mountain Cabin ($35/night); Selway Falls Cabin ($50/night); Burnt
Knob Lookout ($25/night); Square Mountain Lookout ($25/night); and
Indian Hill Cabin ($35/night). Rentals of other cabins and lookouts
throughout the Northern Region have shown that the public appreciates
and enjoys the availability of historic rental cabins and lookouts as
well as campgrounds and group camping sites. Funds from the cabin
rentals, campgrounds, group camping site, day use site and dump station
will be used for the continued operation and maintenance of recreation
sites.

DATES: Pending additional public comment and BLM Resource Advisory
Committee review and recommendation regarding charging new fees at
these proposed sites, the cabins, lookouts, campgrounds, group camping
site, group use day use site, day use site and RV dump station could
become available as early as June 24, 2009. Additionally, fee pricing
may be adjusted per the proposed Region One Regional Recreation Fee
schedule, per public and BLM RAC comments on the framework and fee
pricing schedule, which will also go through Federal Register notice,
regional and local

[[Page 79041]]

public comment, and BLM RAC review and recommendation.

ADDRESSES: Comments regarding these new proposed fee sites may be sent
directly to the respective Forest or Grassland: Forest Supervisor,
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, 420 Barrett Street, Dillon, MT
59725-3572; Forest Supervisor, Bitterroot National Forest, 1801 North
First Street, Hamilton, MT 59840; Forest Supervisor, Clearwater
National Forest, 12730 Highway 12, Orofino, ID 83544; Forest
Supervisor, Custer National Forest, 1310 Main Street, Billings, MT
59105; Grasslands Supervisor, Dakota Prairie Grasslands, 240 W. Century
Avenue, Bismark, ND 58503; Forest Supervisor, Idaho Panhandle National
Forest, 3815 Schreiber Way, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815; Forest Supervisor,
Nez Perce National Forest, 104 Airport Road, Grangeville, ID 83530.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joni Packard, Northern Region
Recreation Fee Program Coordinator, 406-329-3586.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Federal Recreation Lands Enhancement Act
(Title VII, Pub. L. 108-447) directed the Secretary of Agriculture to
publish a six month advance notice in the Federal Register whenever new
recreation fee areas are established. The intent of this notice is to
give the public an opportunity to comment if they have concerns or
questions about new fees.
    The Northern Region currently offers over 150 other cabin rentals,
including guard stations and fire lookouts, 208 fee campgrounds and 268
non-fee (free) campgrounds. Many sites are often fully booked
throughout their rental season. Local public comments have shown that
people desire having these sorts of recreation experiences on these
National Forests and Grasslands. The fees proposed are based on
amenities offered and local comparable markets and are both reasonable
and acceptable for these sorts of unique recreation experience.
    People wanting to rent these cabins, lookouts, campgrounds and
group camping sites will need to do so through the National Recreation
Reservation Service (NRRS), at http://www.recreation.gov or by calling
1-877-444-6777. The National Recreation Reservation Service charges a
$9 fee for reservations made on-line and a $10 fee for reservations
made by phone.

    Dated: December 18, 2008.
Thomas Tidwell,
Regional Forester, Northern Region.
[FR Doc. E8-30652 Filed 12-23-08; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 3410-11-M

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