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Campground business opportunity on White River National Forest

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The White River National Forest is soliciting applications for a concession special use permit for the operation of campgrounds and day-use facilities on the Eagle- Holy Cross and Dillon ranger districts. A prospectus that fully describes the business opportunity will be available online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/whiteriver/CampgroundConcessionProspectus.

The concession program on the White River National Forest represents one management method that the forest uses to deliver recreation opportunities to the public and to provide business opportunity on National Forest lands where and when appropriate. Concession campground facilities provide benefits to the visiting public, the Forest Service and business owner. Campground concessionaires keep campgrounds running and maintain the facilities to specific standards in which often times the Forest Service cannot afford to sustain. Additionally, the concessionaire is able to establish a business and provide local jobs.

The White River National Forest provides a broad range of quality recreational opportunities and experiences for visitors from around the world and ranks among the highest for recreation visitation in the nation. Sites being offered in this prospectus are distributed along major state highways, county roads and National Forest roads. Several of the available sites are adjacent to Green Mountain Reservoir, a popular recreation destination on the forest north of Silverthorne.

One or two permits will be issued to provide high-quality public service in the operation and maintenance of government-owned recreation facilities specified in the prospectus. Operations under the new permit will begin Jan. 1. The term of the permit(s) will be for five years, with another five years to be non-competitively awarded, at the discretion of the Forest Service upon satisfactory compliance with the original permit. Providing quality customer service is a critical component of this opportunity.

Applications are due in September. Any and all persons or businesses may apply, except for members of congress, resident commissioners and current Forest Service employees. Applicants are encouraged to research and consider all aspects of this business opportunity and participate in an on-site visit scheduled for the week of July 10.

If you have any questions, would like to receive a hard-copy of the document or if you would like to RSVP for the site visit, please contact Mike Kenealy, recreation special uses coordinator, at 970-945-3228 or at mkenealy@fs.fed.us.