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Challis Field Office seeks comment on Special Recreation Permit study

Salmon Bluffs, Upper Salmon River.
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Salmon Bluffs, Upper Salmon River.

CHALLIS, Idaho (KIFI) — UPDATE 1/23/24: Challis Field Office has extended the public comment period for their special recreation permit study from Jan. 21 to March 6.

ORIGINAL: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Challis Field Office seeks input during a 30-day public comment period on a document analyzing the potential impacts of authorizing Special Recreation Permits on BLM-administered public lands.  

BLM manages commercial uses under SRPs. Commercial Outfitter and Guide (O&G) services provide important recreation opportunities on public lands. This analysis would consider the range of potential impacts to public land resources resulting from the authorization of commercial O&G uses throughout the Challis Field Office and would look at provisions to offset potentially undesirable resource impacts.  

This document is a general analysis of Special Recreation Permits and does not provide site-specific analysis or list specific outfitters. The analysis considers a variety of types of commercial O&G activities and services, including but not limited to hunting, fishing, camping, interpretive and educational tours, wild horse tours, motorized and mechanized operations, stock animal services, hiking, backpacking and retreats.  

“This programmatic assessment will streamline the current Special Recreation Permit process for outfitters and guides and shorten the processing time for BLM staff,” Challis Field Manager Josh Travers said. “The BLM encourages the public to take advantage of this opportunity to provide comments to ensure a comprehensive analysis that considers various perspectives.”   

The analysis document can be viewed online, or at the BLM Challis Field Office at the address listed below. Comments will be accepted through Jan. 21, 2024, by the following means:  


Fax: 208-879-6219  

U.S. Mail: BLM Challis Field Office, 721 East Main Avenue Suite 8, Challis, ID 83226 

For more information, please contact Gabby Lukins at the BLM Challis Field Office at 208-879-6200. 

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