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BLM Adjusts Special Recreation Permit Fees

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is adjusting certain special recreation permit fees for various recreation activities on BLM administered Public Lands and related waters. The BLM is adjusting the minimum fee for commercial, competitive and organized group activities or events.

This notice establishes that effective on March 1, 2011, the special recreation permit minimum fee for commercial special recreation permits is $100 per year. The minimum fee for both competitive and organized group activities or events is $5 per person per day, and the minimum fee for an assigned site is $200 per permit. The BLM Director is authorized to periodically adjust fees by the regulations found at 43 CFR 2832.31(b).

The next fee adjustment is scheduled for March 1, 2014. The intended effect of the fee calculation process is to ensure that fees cover administrative costs of permit issuance, a fair return to the U.S. Government for use of the public lands and approach free market value in certain cases. The BLM, in coordination with the Forest Service automatically adjusts the minimum commercial, competitive, organized group and activity special recreation permit fees and minimum assigned site fee every 3 years.

These fees are calculated and adjusted based on the change in the Implicit Price Deflator Index (IPDI). The IPDI is published every February as a part of the "Economic Report of the President" to Congress. The IPDI is also available from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis at the following Web site:

The previous fee schedule went into effect on April 1, 2008. Commercial and reserved site fees are rounded to the nearest $5. Competitive and group use fees are rounded to the nearest $1. Individual States also have the option of imposing application fees and/or establishing higher minimum fees for special recreation permits.

Click here to read the complete Federal Register Notice

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