The BLM is considering charging $75 a night for the Henneberry cabin and increasing the developed campground fees along the Madison River from $8 a night to $12 a night, and at the dispersed camping sites from $5 a night to $8 a night. The BLM also proposes to raise the daily rental rate at Axolotl Cabin from $50 to $75. All sites including the cabin rental have toilet facilities, drinking water and other services.
The Western Montana Resource Advisory Council will review and discuss the BLM’s consideration of the proposed new fee, as well as the adjustment of fees at other recreation sites within the Dillon Field Office at its Feb. 20 meeting at the BLM’s Butte Field Office, 106 N. Parkmont in Butte. That meeting is open to the public, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a public comment period beginning at 11:30 a.m.
The William F. Henneberry homestead is one of the best preserved examples of early homesteading activities that remains on public lands in Beaverhead County. The homestead is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places for its historic association with land settlement and ranching in the late 1800s and early 1900s along the Beaverhead River south of Dillon. The buildings and the landscape have not been significantly modified or changed since 1883 when William F. Henneberry first settled on the property.
“All fees collected would be retained by the Dillon Field Office for use in protecting and improving this historical site,” said Dillon Field Manager Cornie Hudson. “The BLM needs to hear from the local recreating public to help guide us in managing important natural and cultural resources.”
Over the years, the historic property fell into a state of disrepair and would likely have been lost without restoration efforts by the BLM, Montana Preservation Alliance, and others. Funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act enabled the BLM to prevent the loss of this property to the elements.
It is the BLM’s policy to collect fees at all specialized recreation sites such as the Henneberry Homestead or wherever the BLM provides facilities, equipment or services at federal expense in connection with outdoor use. In an effort to meet increasing demands for services and maintenance of this existing historic structure, the BLM proposes to collect fees in order to offset those ongoing costs. The BLM’s mission for the Dillon Field Office Fee Collection Project is to ensure that funding is available to maintain existing facilities and recreational opportunities, to provide for law enforcement presence, to develop additional services, and to protect resources.
The BLM will accept public comments on the fee proposal until May 31. Comments may be mailed or hand-delivered to the BLM Dillon Field Office, Attn: Field Manager, 1005 Selway Drive, Dillon, MT 59725, or emailed to BLM_MT_Dillon_FO@blm.gov with the subject line “Henneberry Homestead Fee.”
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land – the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.