Recreation managers at the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have struggled during the past 10 years to keep campgrounds, cabins and lookout rentals open without raising fees during a time when budgets have significantly declined resulting in staff and service reductions. A study of this problem evaluated three options: reduce services, or manage fee sites using a concessionaire, or raise fees at selected developed sites. In light of public comments already taken, the forests are moving to increase fees at developed campgrounds and cabin/lookout rental sites.
Recreation managers at the Nez Perce–Clearwater National Forests are taking public comments on a proposal to increase fees at 29 campgrounds and cabin/lookout rentals in three zones: the North Zone, including the Palouse and North Fork Ranger districts; the Central Zone, including the Lochsa, Moose Creek (Selway River), and Powell Ranger districts; and the South Zone including the Red River, Elk City, South Fork of the Clearwater and Salmon River districts.
A public forum to hear comments will be held Thursday, March 27, in Coeur d’Alene. The regular Resource Advisory Council meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the BLM Coeur d’Alene District Office located at 3815 Schreiber Way in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, with the Recreation RAC to hear comments on the fee increases at 11 a.m.