BLM seeks feedback on increase in camping fees

REDDING, Calif .– The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a proposal to set or increase fees at several campgrounds and recreation sites in Shasta and Trinity counties. A business plan details the fee proposals and the rationale under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA). It is available for review at https://go.usa.gov/xMd6b.

The deadline for comments is Tuesday, November 2. Comments should be sent to the Bureau of Land Management, Redding Field Office, 6640 Lockheed Drive, Redding, CA 96002, Attention Recreation Business Plan. Comments can also be emailed to Laura Brodhead at [email protected]

“This business plan outlines proposed fee changes, presents historical visitation and revenue information, provides fair market value analysis and shows the need to increase fee revenue to pay operating costs. “said Jennifer Mata, director of the BLM Redding field office. “The intention is not to maximize revenue from fees, but to help protect natural resources and ensure public access, health and safety. “

The business plan includes proposals to increase fees to $ 20 per night at Douglas City and Shasta campgrounds and $ 15 per night at Junction City and Steel Bridge campgrounds. The plan proposes to set a new rate of $ 15 per night at the renovated Steiner Flat Campground. The fee for the Reading Island Group Campground would be increased to $ 90 per night and a new fee would be set at $ 60 per night for the Ohl Olsen Group Campground. A new daily fee of $ 6 would be set at the day-use areas of Douglas City and Steel Bridge, and a fee of $ 2 would be put in place for showers at the Douglas City Campground, for those not there. not camping.

“Fees are a way to ensure that those who actively use recreational facilities contribute more, but reasonably, to protecting and enhancing these developments,” Mata said. “The costs for these facilities have not been increased for decades, and we believe they are reasonable and at fair market value. We welcome public comments on these proposals.