Helena, MT, November 5, 2018– The Helena–Lewis and Clark National Forest is seeking public comments on a proposal to add the newly-acquired AT&T Cabin to the recreational rental program with a new fee of $45 per night. The AT&T Cabin is located southwest of Helena, Montana on the Helena Ranger District. This proposal would enable the cabin to be available for public rental, adding to the Forest’s popular recreation rental program.
The proposed fee of $45 per night is consistent for other fee sites with similar levels of amenities and capacity and providing high-quality recreation experiences. If this proposal is approved, this cabin will be available for advance reservations through www.recreation.gov.
In 2004, Congress passed the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act which allows the Forest Service to retain 80-95 percent of fees collected at certain recreation sites and use these funds locally to operate and maintain and improve these sites. An analysis of surrounding recreation sites with similar amenities indicates that the proposed fees are comparable and reasonable. Once public involvement is complete, this proposal and public comments will be presented to the North-Central Montana Bureau of Land Management Recreation Resource Advisory Councils (RAC) prior to a final decision and implementation.
All comments about this fee proposal need to be submitted by Friday, December 7, 2018. For more information, questions or to provide verbal comments about this fee proposal, contact Rory Glueckert at 406-495-3761. Comments can also be submitted via regular mail to: Helena–Lewis and Clark National Forest, ATTN: Recrecation Fee Proposal, 2880 Skyway Drive, Helena, MT 59602; or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.