Manti-La Sal National Forest Proposes New Recreation Fee

Release Date: Jul 15, 2013  

PRICE, UT - Recreation managers on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are seeking public comments on a proposal to add the Orange Olsen Administrative Site facilities into the recreation rental program.

The Orange Olsen Administrative Site facilities proposed for the recreation rental program include: 1) Orange Olsen Dwelling and 2) Orange Olsen Bunkhouse with four trailer pads. The proposal is to charge $60.00 per night at the Dwelling and $40.00 per night at the Bunkhouse.  The fee for the Bunkhouse would also include four trailer pads with water and sewer hookups.  Visitors will have the option of reserving the Dwelling or the Bunkhouse separately, or the entire site.

Orange Olsen BunkhouseOrange Olsen Dwelling

The Orange Olsen Dwelling has a front room, two bedrooms (sleeping up to six people), kitchen, and bathroom with shower.  An accessible ramp provides entrance to the back door of the facility.  The Orange Olsen Bunkhouse has a combination kitchen/bedroom (sleeping up to four people), bathroom with shower, and four trailer pads with water and sewer hookups.  Both of the buildings have photovoltaic (solar) lighting, propane fueled appliances, water, and sewer. Also an extensive condition survey was conducted by the Forest Facilities Engineer which identified a need to replace appliances and curtains in the dwelling and total remodel the interior of the bunkhouse including floors, walls, bathroom, and wiring.  These upgrades will be completed by the fall of 2013.

“We recognize how important this site is to our local communities and those who will use the site,” said Bill Broadbear, Manti-La Sal recreation program manager.  “These fees will help us maintain the cabins to the level and quality people have come to expect.” 

In 2004, Congress passed the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act which allows the Forest Service to keep 95 percent of fees collected at certain recreation sites and use these funds locally to operate, maintain and enhance these sites.  Fee revenue generated from the rental of the Orange Olsen Administrative Site facilities would be used for operations and maintenance and future enhancements, for example, a historical information kiosk.  More information about the Manti-La Sal National Forest Recreation Fee Program can be found in the Forest’s Annual Fee Program Accomplishment Reports at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/mantilasal.

This fee proposal will be presented before a citizen’s advisory committee, called the Utah Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (RRAC).  Committee members represent a broad array of recreation interest groups and help ensure public issues and concerns about recreation fees are considered.  The public is welcome to attend and comment at all advisory committee meetings.  The next RRAC meeting is expected to be held in the winter of 2014.  The exact meeting time, location, and agenda will be announced on the Manti-La Sal National Forest website, on the Utah BLM RRAC website, and through local media. 

If this fee proposal is approved, it is anticipated that the Orange Olsen Administrative Site facilities would become available for overnight rental in the summer of 2014.  Reservations would be required for rental of the Dwelling and Bunkhouse.  Reservations would be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.  The NRRS charges a $9.00 reservation fee for internet reservations and $10 fee for phone reservations.

For more information about this fee proposal, please contact: Bill Broadbear, Ferron/Price and Sanpete Recreation Program Manager at (435) 636-3516 or email at bbroadbear@fs.fed.us; or Ann King, Public Service Group Leader at (435) 636-3535 or email at aking@fs.fed.us.  Further information about this proposal can also be found on the forest website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/mantilasal/

Comments may be submitted to: Manti-La Sal National Forest, 599 West Price River Drive, Price, Utah  84501, Attn: Bill Broadbear or by email at: bbroadbear@fs.fed.us . Please submit comments by December 31, 2013 so comments can be compiled, analyzed, and shared with the RRAC during the winter of 2014.

Informational Briefing Paper

Notice of New Recreation Fees