(The Center Square) – Visitors to some Utah campgrounds may see new fees next year, according to the US Bureau of Land Management.
The fee increases are part of the Bureau’s plan to pay for continuing services and improving outdoor experiences, according to a news release.
Part of the plan includes a new recreational fee at Fivemile Pass that will be overseen by the Salt Lake Field Office.
According to to plan tabled by the Bureau.
The plans also include new fees for campgrounds run by the Richfield and Price field offices. Twelve campgrounds run by the Price office will now include fees, as will three run by Richfield, according to the Bureau.
Bureau officials have begun discussing fee increases for the Richfield office in 2019 and for the Salt Lake and Price field offices in 2020, according to the press release.
The fees must be posted in the Federal Register for six months before taking effect. The estimated effective date is January 6, 2023, according to the Bureau.
“Recreation on America’s public lands is more popular than ever, as people seek to enjoy the great outdoors,” said Greg Sheehan, Bureau Director for Utah. “These recreation fees will generate funds to improve access, refresh campground infrastructure, and build BLM’s ability to support local economies.”