Notice of Intent To Collect Fees on Public Land in Grand County, Utah, Moab Field Office Under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA), 39097-39098 [E9-18720]

Download as PDF srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 149 / Wednesday, August 5, 2009 / Notices this alternative would require the most extreme changes to current fishing regulations within the park, and the changes to the park’s fishing regulations would be accomplished through collaboration with the State of Florida FWS and further public input. Alternative 4, Rebuild and Conserve Park Fisheries Resources, has been identified as the NPS’s ‘‘preferred alternative’’ because it results in the most equitable balance between protection, enjoyment, and extraction of the park’s fisheries resources. The NPS believes that Alternative 4 will allow for fishing activities to continue at a sustainable level that does not compromise the long-term health of the park’s fisheries resources. Additionally, following NEPA, the NPS has identified Alternative 5, Restore Park Fisheries Resources, as the ‘‘environmentally preferred alternative’’ because it causes the least damage to the biological and physical environment and best protects, preserves, and enhances historic, cultural, and natural resources. Through identification of the ‘‘environmentally preferred alternative,’’ NPS decisionmakers and the public are faced with the relative merits of each alternative and must clearly state the values and policies used throughout the decisionmaking process. If you wish to comment on the FMP, you may submit your comments by any one of several methods. You may mail comments to Fishery Management Plan, Biscayne National Park, 9700 SW. 328th Street, Homestead, Florida 33033. You may also comment via the Internet at http://parkplanning.nps.gov. If you do not receive a confirmation from the system that we have received your Internet message, contact BISC Fisheries at 305–230–1144. Finally, you may hand-deliver comments to Biscayne National Park, 9700 SW. 328th Street, Homestead, Florida 33033. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Biscayne National Park, 9700 SW. 328th Street, Homestead, Florida 33033; Telephone 305–230–1144; or BISC Fisheries@nps.gov. The authority for publishing this notice is contained in 40 CFR 1506.6 VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:54 Aug 04, 2009 Jkt 217001 The responsible official for this Draft EIS is the Regional Director, Southeast Region, National Park Service, 100 Alabama Street, SW., 1924 Building, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. Art Frederick, Acting Regional Director, Southeast Region. [FR Doc. E9–18754 Filed 8–4–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–70–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLUTY0100–09–L12200000.EB0000–24– 1A00] Notice of Intent To Collect Fees on Public Land in Grand County, Utah, Moab Field Office Under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA) AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Intent. SUMMARY: Pursuant to applicable provisions of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA), the Moab Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to begin collecting fees for one group site and three camping areas. These proposed sites are located in Grand County, Utah. DATES: Effective Date: There will be a 30 day public comment period that will expire on September 4, 2009. The public is urged to participate in the public comment period. Effective six months after the publication of this notice, the Bureau of Land Management, Moab Field Office would initiate fee collection at the Moab Skyway Group Area, and the Entrada Bluffs, Bartlett Wash and Courthouse Rock camping areas, as construction work is completed, unless BLM publishes a Federal Register notice to the contrary. The Utah Resource Advisory Council (RAC), functioning as a Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (RRAC), will review the proposal to charge fees at the sites mentioned above. Future adjustments in the fee amount will be made in accordance with the Moab Field Office’s recreation fee business plan covering the sites. Fee adjustments will be made after consultation with the Utah Recreation Resource Advisory Committee and other appropriate advance public notice. ADDRESSES: Mail: Field Manager, Moab Field Office, 82 East Dogwood, Moab, UT 84532 or momail@ut.blm.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Russell von Koch, Recreation Branch PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39097 Chief, Moab Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 82 East Dogwood, Moab, UT 84532 (435) 259–2100. The group site and three camping areas are: Moab Skyway Group Site (T. 26 S., R. 21 E., Sec. 2, within, SLM), Entrada Bluffs camping area (T. 23 S., R. 24 E., Sec. 8, within, SLM), Bartlett Wash camping area (T. 24 S., R. 19 E., Section 14, within, SLM), and Courthouse Rock camping area (T. 24 S., R. 20 E., Sections 17 and 20, within, SLM). Under Section 3(g) of the REA, the Moab Skyway Group Site, and the Entrada Bluffs, Bartlett and Courthouse Rock camping areas will qualify, upon completion, as sites wherein visitors can be charged an ‘‘Expanded Amenity Recreation Fee.’’ Visitors wishing to use the expanded amenities BLM is developing at the four sites would purchase a recreation use permit as described at 43 CFR Part 2930. Pursuant to REA and implementing regulations at 43 CFR Subpart 2933, fees may be charged for overnight camping and group use reservations where specific amenities and services are provided. Specific visitor fees will be identified and posted at the site. Fees must be paid at the self-service pay station located at the camping areas. Fees for the Moab Skyway Group Site must be paid for in advance with the Moab Field Office. People holding the America The Beautiful—The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands—Senior Pass (i.e., Interagency Senior Pass), a Golden Age Passport, the America the Beautiful—The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands—Access Pass (i.e. Interagency Access Pass), or a Golden Access Passport will be entitled to a 50 percent fee reduction on all fees except those associated with group reservations. Fees charged for use of the group sites would include a nonrefundable site reservation fee and a per person use fee. The Moab Skyway Group Site and the Entrada Bluffs camping area are within the Colorado Riverway Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA). Within this SRMA, there are twelve similar camping fee sites. The Moab Skyway Group Site, which is within the Moab city limits, would include special developed facilities available for day use only. The Entrada Bluffs site has individual camp sites only. Bartlett Wash and Courthouse Rock would only have individual sites. These two areas are located within the Gemini Bridges/ Labyrinth Rims Special Recreation Management Area, which has three similar camping fee sites. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\05AUN1.SGM 05AUN1 srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES 39098 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 149 / Wednesday, August 5, 2009 / Notices The BLM is committed to provide, and receive fair value for the use of developed recreation facilities and services in a manner that meets public use demands, provides quality experiences and protects important resources. The BLM’s policy is to collect fees at all specialized recreation sites, or where the BLM provides facilities, equipment or services, at Federal expense, in connection with outdoor use as authorized by the REA. In an effort to meet increasing demands for services and maintenance of developed facilities, the BLM would implement a fee program for the camping areas. BLM’s mission for the camping areas is to ensure that funding is available to maintain facilities and recreational opportunities, to provide for law enforcement presence, to develop additional services, and to protect resources. This mission entails communication with those who will be most directly affected by the camping areas, for example recreationists, other recreation providers, partners, neighbors, and those who will have a stake in solving concerns that may arise throughout the life of the camping areas, including elected officials, and other agencies. Development of the Moab Skyway Group Site and the Entrada Bluffs, Bartlett and Courthouse camping areas is consistent with the 2008 Moab Resource Management Plan and was analyzed in the Environmental Impact Statement accompanying the plan (EIS UT–060–2007–04). Camping and group use fees would be consistent with other established fee sites in the area including other BLM administered sites in the area and those managed by the USDA Forest Service, USDI National Park Service, and Utah State Parks and Recreation. Future adjustments in the fee amount will be made following the Moab Field Office’s recreation fee business plan covering the sites, consultation with the Utah Recreation Resource Advisory Committee and other public notice prior to a fee adjustment. In December 2004, the REA was signed into law. The REA provides authority for 10 years for the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture to establish, modify, charge, and collect recreation fees for use of some Federal recreation lands and waters, and contains specific provisions addressing public involvement in the establishment of recreation fees, including a requirement that Recreation Resource Advisory Committees or Councils have the opportunity to make recommendations regarding establishment of such fees. REA also directed the Secretaries of the Interior VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:54 Aug 04, 2009 Jkt 217001 and Agriculture to publish advance notice in the Federal Register whenever new recreation fee areas are established under their respective jurisdictions. In accordance with the BLM recreation fee program policy, the Moab Field Office’s recreation fee business plan both explains the fee collection process and how the fees will be used at the four sites. BLM will notify and involve the public at each stage of the planning process, including the proposal to collect fees. The Utah RRAC will review the fee proposals at its next meeting, following REA guidelines. Fee amounts will be posted on-site, and at the Moab Field Office, and copies of the business plan will be available at the Moab Field Office and the BLM Utah State Office. BLM welcomes public comments on this proposal. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment— including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 6803(b). Approved: Selma Sierra, State Director. [FR Doc. E9–18720 Filed 8–4–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–DQ–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLUT91000–L10400000–PH0000–24–1A] Notice of Utah’s Resource Advisory Council (RAC) Meeting AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior. ACTION: Notice of Utah’s Resource Advisory Council Meeting. SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and The Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Utah Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet as indicated below. DATES: The Utah Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet September 15 (1 p.m.–6 p.m.) and September 16 (8 a.m.–3 p.m.), 2009, in Cedar City, Utah. ADDRESSES: The RAC will meet at the Southern Utah University’s Hunter Conference Center (Shooting Star PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 meeting room), 351 West University Blvd., Cedar City, Utah. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Sherry Foot, Special Programs Coordinator, Utah State Office, Bureau of Land Management, P.O. Box 45155, Salt Lake City, Utah 84145–0155; phone (801) 539–4195. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The 15member Council advises the Secretary of the Interior, through the Bureau of Land Management, on a variety of planning and management issues associated with public land management in Utah. On September 15, planned agenda topics include presentations on renewable energy resources, including geothermal, wind energy, solar study units; effects on wildlife from renewable energy development; the treatment of renewable resources in Resource Management Plans; and, comments by local and state officials. Updates on the Milford Flat fire rehab project also will be presented. A half-hour public comment period, where the public may address the Council, is scheduled from 5 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Written comments may be sent to the Bureau of Land Management’s address listed above. On September 16, the RAC will tour the RASER facilities (geothermalmodular units), First Wind—Milford Flat Wind Farm (Clipper and GE turbines, substation, operation and maintenance facility, lay-down yards), and the Blundell Powerplant (geothermal, production plant-turbine, heat exchangers). All meetings are open to the public; however, transportation, lodging, and meals are the responsibility of the participating public. For purposes of field tour coordination, members of the public wishing to attend are to contact Sherry Foot at (801) 539–4195. Dated: July 30, 2009. Selma Sierra, State Director. [FR Doc. E9–18681 Filed 8–4–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–DQ–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLMTC03000–L10200000–PK0000] Notice of Public Meeting, Dakotas Resource Advisory Council Meeting AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory E:\FR\FM\05AUN1.SGM 05AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLUTY0100-09-L12200000.EB0000-24-1A00]


Notice of Intent To Collect Fees on Public Land in Grand County, 
Utah, Moab Field Office Under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement 
Act (REA)

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Intent.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to applicable provisions of the Federal Lands 
Recreation Enhancement Act (REA), the Moab Field Office of the Bureau 
of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to begin collecting fees for one 
group site and three camping areas. These proposed sites are located in 
Grand County, Utah.

DATES: Effective Date: There will be a 30 day public comment period 
that will expire on September 4, 2009. The public is urged to 
participate in the public comment period. Effective six months after 
the publication of this notice, the Bureau of Land Management, Moab 
Field Office would initiate fee collection at the Moab Skyway Group 
Area, and the Entrada Bluffs, Bartlett Wash and Courthouse Rock camping 
areas, as construction work is completed, unless BLM publishes a 
Federal Register notice to the contrary. The Utah Resource Advisory 
Council (RAC), functioning as a Recreation Resource Advisory Committee 
(RRAC), will review the proposal to charge fees at the sites mentioned 
above. Future adjustments in the fee amount will be made in accordance 
with the Moab Field Office's recreation fee business plan covering the 
sites. Fee adjustments will be made after consultation with the Utah 
Recreation Resource Advisory Committee and other appropriate advance 
public notice.

ADDRESSES: Mail: Field Manager, Moab Field Office, 82 East Dogwood, 
Moab, UT 84532 or momail@ut.blm.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Russell von Koch, Recreation Branch 
Chief, Moab Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 82 East Dogwood, 
Moab, UT 84532 (435) 259-2100.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The group site and three camping areas are: 
Moab Skyway Group Site (T. 26 S., R. 21 E., Sec. 2, within, SLM), 
Entrada Bluffs camping area (T. 23 S., R. 24 E., Sec. 8, within, SLM), 
Bartlett Wash camping area (T. 24 S., R. 19 E., Section 14, within, 
SLM), and Courthouse Rock camping area (T. 24 S., R. 20 E., Sections 17 
and 20, within, SLM). Under Section 3(g) of the REA, the Moab Skyway 
Group Site, and the Entrada Bluffs, Bartlett and Courthouse Rock 
camping areas will qualify, upon completion, as sites wherein visitors 
can be charged an ``Expanded Amenity Recreation Fee.'' Visitors wishing 
to use the expanded amenities BLM is developing at the four sites would 
purchase a recreation use permit as described at 43 CFR Part 2930. 
Pursuant to REA and implementing regulations at 43 CFR Subpart 2933, 
fees may be charged for overnight camping and group use reservations 
where specific amenities and services are provided. Specific visitor 
fees will be identified and posted at the site. Fees must be paid at 
the self-service pay station located at the camping areas. Fees for the 
Moab Skyway Group Site must be paid for in advance with the Moab Field 
Office. People holding the America The Beautiful--The National Parks 
and Federal Recreational Lands--Senior Pass (i.e., Interagency Senior 
Pass), a Golden Age Passport, the America the Beautiful--The National 
Parks and Federal Recreational Lands--Access Pass (i.e. Interagency 
Access Pass), or a Golden Access Passport will be entitled to a 50 
percent fee reduction on all fees except those associated with group 
reservations. Fees charged for use of the group sites would include a 
non-refundable site reservation fee and a per person use fee.
    The Moab Skyway Group Site and the Entrada Bluffs camping area are 
within the Colorado Riverway Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA). 
Within this SRMA, there are twelve similar camping fee sites. The Moab 
Skyway Group Site, which is within the Moab city limits, would include 
special developed facilities available for day use only. The Entrada 
Bluffs site has individual camp sites only. Bartlett Wash and 
Courthouse Rock would only have individual sites. These two areas are 
located within the Gemini Bridges/Labyrinth Rims Special Recreation 
Management Area, which has three similar camping fee sites.

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    The BLM is committed to provide, and receive fair value for the use 
of developed recreation facilities and services in a manner that meets 
public use demands, provides quality experiences and protects important 
resources. The BLM's policy is to collect fees at all specialized 
recreation sites, or where the BLM provides facilities, equipment or 
services, at Federal expense, in connection with outdoor use as 
authorized by the REA. In an effort to meet increasing demands for 
services and maintenance of developed facilities, the BLM would 
implement a fee program for the camping areas. BLM's mission for the 
camping areas is to ensure that funding is available to maintain 
facilities and recreational opportunities, to provide for law 
enforcement presence, to develop additional services, and to protect 
resources. This mission entails communication with those who will be 
most directly affected by the camping areas, for example 
recreationists, other recreation providers, partners, neighbors, and 
those who will have a stake in solving concerns that may arise 
throughout the life of the camping areas, including elected officials, 
and other agencies.
    Development of the Moab Skyway Group Site and the Entrada Bluffs, 
Bartlett and Courthouse camping areas is consistent with the 2008 Moab 
Resource Management Plan and was analyzed in the Environmental Impact 
Statement accompanying the plan (EIS UT-060-2007-04). Camping and group 
use fees would be consistent with other established fee sites in the 
area including other BLM administered sites in the area and those 
managed by the USDA Forest Service, USDI National Park Service, and 
Utah State Parks and Recreation. Future adjustments in the fee amount 
will be made following the Moab Field Office's recreation fee business 
plan covering the sites, consultation with the Utah Recreation Resource 
Advisory Committee and other public notice prior to a fee adjustment.
    In December 2004, the REA was signed into law. The REA provides 
authority for 10 years for the Secretaries of the Interior and 
Agriculture to establish, modify, charge, and collect recreation fees 
for use of some Federal recreation lands and waters, and contains 
specific provisions addressing public involvement in the establishment 
of recreation fees, including a requirement that Recreation Resource 
Advisory Committees or Councils have the opportunity to make 
recommendations regarding establishment of such fees. REA also directed 
the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture to publish advance 
notice in the Federal Register whenever new recreation fee areas are 
established under their respective jurisdictions. In accordance with 
the BLM recreation fee program policy, the Moab Field Office's 
recreation fee business plan both explains the fee collection process 
and how the fees will be used at the four sites. BLM will notify and 
involve the public at each stage of the planning process, including the 
proposal to collect fees. The Utah RRAC will review the fee proposals 
at its next meeting, following REA guidelines. Fee amounts will be 
posted on-site, and at the Moab Field Office, and copies of the 
business plan will be available at the Moab Field Office and the BLM 
Utah State Office.
    BLM welcomes public comments on this proposal. Before including 
your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal 
identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire 
comment--including your personal identifying information--may be made 
publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to 
withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we 
cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

    Authority:  16 U.S.C. 6803(b).

Approved:
Selma Sierra,
State Director.
[FR Doc. E9-18720 Filed 8-4-09; 8:45 am]
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