Friday, June 8, 2012

BLM Proposes Fee Hikes for Campgrounds

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to increase camping fees for overnight stays in 27 campgrounds managed by the agency’s Moab field office. The fee hikes are part of the BLM’s recently released draft business plan for Moab campgrounds. The agency will accept public comments on the plan through July 3, officials said.

The proposed fee change is expected to raise about $130,000 in new revenues, according to the draft plan. That additional revenue will help the BLM offset rising costs for maintenance, gas, trash pickup and other expenses associated with managing the camping areas and help the agency add new amenities such as shade structures and develop new camping areas, said Katie Stevens, outdoor recreation manager for the Moab BLM office. Moab Times-Independent