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Notice of New Fee Site; Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (Title VIII, Pub. L. 108-447)

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Tonto National Forest, USDA Forest Service


Notice of new fee site (Reference to previously published Federal Register document, Vol. 772, No. 12, Page 2490, January 19, 2007).


The Tonto National Forest plans to implement a $6 per vehicle fee for overnight camping and day-use at Haigler Canyon Recreation Site. This site is undergoing major improvements which will increase facilities and services available to the public once completed. Fees paid at similar recreation sites on the Tonto National Forest demonstrate that the public appreciates and enjoys the availability of developed recreation sites and is willing to pay reasonable fees for use of such sites. Funds from the fee revenue will be used for the continued operation and maintenance of Haigler Canyon Recreation Site.


Haigler Canyon will become available for recreation use in August, 2007.


Forest Supervisor, Tonto National Forest, 2324 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006

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Dave Killebrew, Recreation Fee Coordinator, 602-225-5239

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The Federal Recreation Lands Enhancement Act (Title VIII, Pub. L. 108-447) directed the Secretary of Agriculture to publish a six month advance notice in the Federal Register whenever new recreation fee areas are established.

This new fee will be reviewed by a Recreation Resource Advisory Committee prior to a final decision and implementation. The Arizona Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Council serves as the Recreation Resource Advisory Committee for this project.

The Tonto National Forest currently has over 50 recreation sites where use fees are charged. A business analysis has shown that people desire having this sort of recreation experience on the Tonto National Forest. A market analysis indicates that the $6 per vehicle fee is both reasonable and acceptable for camping and day-use at Haigler Canyon. Once the site is complete, visitors wanting to use facilities at Haigler Canyon Recreation Start Printed Page 21207Site can obtain self-validating passes at more than 150 commercial vendors in central Arizona including at least three locations in Payson, Arizona or at any Tonto National Forest administrative office including the Payson and Pleasant Valley ranger stations. An on-site fee payment option may also be provided. Details about the Tonto fee program can be found at the Tonto National Forest Web site,​r3/​tonto or by calling 602-225-5200.

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Dated: April 24, 2006.

Gene Blankenbaker,

Forest Supervisor.

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[FR Doc. 07-2099 Filed 4-27-07; 8:45 am]