“These plans are part of the BLM’s effort to improve access to recreation on public lands, respond to increased visitation on public lands across the state, and support a growing tourism economy,” said Abbie Jossie, BLM-Utah’s deputy state director for Natural Resources.
The two draft plans available for public comment include the Cedar Mesa Recreation Business Plan and the Richfield Field Office Campground Business Plan. The draft plans analyze existing revenues and expenditures, and describe the benefits of additional fees to recreation opportunities and resource protection. The draft plans include new and improved amenities, such as campgrounds, and specialized river and hiking areas. Funds collected through recreation fees are used locally in the field office where they are collected to maintain necessary infrastructure, improve visitor services, and help provide for public safety, reads the statement.
To comment on the draft plans, please visit: https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/permits-and-fees/business-plans. Detailed instructions on how to submit input for each business plan is included in the “Dear Reader” letter at the beginning of each document.