The American Sand Association (ASA) has engaged McClure Consulting of Phoenix, AZ to prepare a “Constructive” critique of the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) draft Business Plan. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the Business Plan on October 18, 2012. According to BLM, Business Plans are used in determining the appropriateness and level of fees assessed ISDRA visitors.
The BLM El Centro Field Office has requested public comments on the Business Plan and the accompanying fee increase. The recommended fee will nearly double for the 2012 – 2013 season. Comments are due by November 30, 2012. Nicole Gilles, ASA Executive Director said “It is important that ASA members and ISDRA visitors provide the BLM their comments.” Gilles continued that “Comments need to be meaningful and include logical and well thought out reasons for your suggestions.” BLM recently noted that the public participation process is not about a vote on the plan; but, rather a process to gather public input and ideas.