[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 69 (Monday, April 11, 2016)]
[Page 21310]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-08172]



Forest Service

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

AGENCY: Lincoln National Forest, Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of new fee site.


SUMMARY: The Lincoln National Forest is proposing to charge a $65 fee 
each for the overnight rentals of two cabins: The Wofford Lookout Tower 
Complex and the Dark Canyon Lookout and Cabin. The Wofford Complex 
consists of an 80-foot lookout tower, cabin, additional sleeping cabin 
and an outhouse, while Dark Canyon consists of a 48-foot steel tower 
and an observer's cabin. Neither facility has been available for 
overnight use prior to this date. Rentals of other cabins in the 
Southwestern Region have shown that people appreciate and enjoy the 
availability of historic cabins and lookouts. Wofford Cabin is listed 
in the Federal Register of Historic Places. Funds from both the rentals 
will be used for the continued operation and maintenance of each of the 
facilities. These fees are only proposed and will be determined upon 
further analysis and public comment.

DATES: Send any comments about these fee proposals by August 2016 so 
comments can be compiled, analyzed and shared with a Recreation 
Resource Advisory Committee. Should the fee proposal move forward, both 
rentals will likely be available October 2016.

ADDRESSES: Forest Supervisor, Lincoln National Forest, 3463 Las Palomas 
Rd., Alamogordo, NM 88310.

Coordinator, (505)842-3235

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Federal Recreation Lands Enhancement Act 
(Title VII, 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.
    Currently no Federal or State agencies in the state of New Mexico 
offer over-night rentals of any type. Arizona, the neighboring state in 
Region 3, provides several historic properties for public rental and 
that program has become very successful. With its very tall height and 
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) cabin, the Wofford Lookout Tower 
Complex will provide a unique recreational experience for both local 
visitors and travelers. The Dark Canyon lookout came from U.S. Army 
surplus in 1949 and is one of only two types of these lookouts in the 
Southwestern Region. It also features a CCC cabin. A market analysis 
indicates that the $65/per night fee is both reasonable and acceptable 
for this sort of unique recreation experience.
    People wanting to rent either facility will need to do so through 
the National Recreation Reservation Service, at www.recreation.gov or 
by calling 1-877-444-6777. The National Recreation Reservation Service 
charges a $9 fee for reservations.

    Dated: March 18, 2016.
Travis Moseley,
Lincoln National Forest Supervisor.
[FR Doc. 2016-08172 Filed 4-8-16; 8:45 am]