Chimney Rock National Monument Fee Proposal #NP-2894

Commenting on This Project

The San Juan National Forest is proposing a fee assessed for public use of Chimney Rock National Monument in order to continue offering high-quality recreation and educational experiences while providing for the protection of the objects of the monument as specified in the Presidential Proclamation and Management Plan. In order to align with management structures at other national monuments and Forest Service-operated sites, under this proposal the Forest would assume responsibility for most site operations at the monument by hiring a dedicated seasonal workforce and permanent part-time lead ranger. A robust volunteer program would still be needed for certain service provisions. A Standard Amenity Fee would be collected by Forest Service employees in accordance with Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act requirements, and 95% of the revenue generated from the new fee would be retained by the San Juan National Forest to fund facility maintenance, site operations, cultural resource protection, and visitor services at the monument.

The San Juan National Forest is proposing a new fee assessed for public use of Chimney Rock National Monument in order to continue offering high-quality recreation and educational experiences while providing for the protection of the objects of the monument as specified in the Presidential Proclamation and Management Plan.  In order to align with management structures at other national monuments and Forest Service-operated sites, a Standard Amenity Fee would be collected by Forest Service employees in accordance with Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act requirements, and 95% of the revenue generated from the new fee would be retained by the San Juan National Forest to fund facility maintenance, site operations, cultural resource protection, and visitor services at the monument. 

The Forest Service values public participation. Communications from the public regarding this project, including commenters' names and contact information, will become part of the public record. Comments, including anonymous comments, will be accepted at any time. However, comments posted after the close of a designated comment period may not be able to be given full consideration.

Your comments are requested by 10/1/2021.

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