The Bighorn National Forest Powder River Ranger District has been fielding questions concerning a fee increase at Hunter Campground west of Buffalo that was believed to be slated for the summer of 2014, based on a story recently published elsewhere.
The fee increase is proposed due to recent upgrades to the facilities that were added when stimulus money became available a few years ago.
The current $10 per day fee was sufficient to cover expenses at the old, less developed site, but with the amenities added, the proposed increase, to $18 per day, is needed to help maintain the new amenities, according to Brian Boden, with the Powder River Ranger District.
The concern is that the increase was to be implemented without public input, but that is not the case, according to Boden.
He said that although there is a proposed increase for the Hunter Campground, and information is posted at the site, the post is there to encourage public comment on the proposal.
Boden said a fee increase proposal is a long process that could take years to be approved.
Public input is just the first step in a long process, he said.
If you would like to comment on the fee proposal, send your comments to Bill Bass, Forest Supervisor, 2013 Eastside 2nd Street, Sheridan, Wyoming, or to Comments-Bighorn@fs.fed.us.