Seeley Recreation Fee Increase Proposed 9/27/2012

Manti-La Sal National Forest Proposes Recreation Fee Increase

PRICE, UT - Recreation managers on the Manti-La Sal National Forest are interested in hearing your comments on a proposal to increase the fee at Seely Guard Station. 

Ferron/Price Ranger District: Seely Guard Station would increase fees from $30 to $50 per night.

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

All fee proposals will be presented before a citizen’s advisory committee, Utah Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (RRAC).  Committee members represent a broad array of recreation interest groups to help ensure that the Forest Service is proposing reasonable and publicly acceptable fee changes.  Committee members will help ensure that the Forest Service addresses public issues and concerns about recreation fees.  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 2013, the exact meeting time, location and agenda will be announced on forest website and through local media. These fee proposals will also have extensive reviews by both the Forest Service Regional and Washington Offices.

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 and maintain and improve these sites.

Most recreation opportunities on Manti-La Sal National Forest lands are free. The Manti-La Sal National Forest manages about 133 developed recreation sites, of which about 44 currently charge fees. Of those sites charging fees more than 70 percent are campgrounds and lookout/cabin rentals.

The Seely Guard Station may be reserved.  Visitors wanting to use them must make reservations via toll free number (877) 444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov

For more information, questions or comments this fee proposal please contact: Bill Broadbear, Ferron/Price and Sanpete Recreation Program Manager, (435) 636-3516 or email at bbroadbear@fs.fed.usAll comments should be sent to Bill Broadbear, Manti-La Sal National Forest, 599 West Price River Drive, Price, Utah  84501 by October 31, 2012.

Further information about the entire fee proposal is located on the forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/mantilasal/; or by contacting Ann King, Public Service Group Leader (435) 636-3535 or email at aking@fs.fed.us.