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August 6, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – The Bureau of Land Management Desert Advisory Committee (DAC) will meet Saturday, Aug. 17 to consider a fee proposal for the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. The Council will meet from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Riverside Marriott Hotel, 3400 Market St., Riverside, CA 92501. The meeting is open to the public. However, discussion is limited to BLM staff and committee members.

Persons who wish to bring recreation fee matters to the attention of the committee may file written statements with the committee before the meeting. A public input session will be provided at 2 p.m. during the meeting for individuals who wish to address the DAC. Comments will be limited to three minutes per person.

The DAC is authorized to convene on this matter by the Federal Land Recreation Enhancement Act and an interagency agreement between the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, which states that the agencies may use existing federal resource advisory committees to make recommendations on recreation fees.

Send written comments to Teri Raml, Designated Federal Official for the BLM Desert Advisory Committee, 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 94553, or


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Imperial Sand Dunes

Better known as Glamis, Buttercup or Gordon's , the dunes became a "Fee Area" years ago and self-service pay stations were installed. Use a credit or debit card, get a permit.

The current plan by the BLM is to increase the  annual fee from $90 to $180 and the one week fee goes from $25 to $40. The permit allows you to park or camp in designated areas but there aren't any amenities; no fire rings, tables, or shade, no trash cans or dumpsters, and no water.   The restrooms are few and not cleaned.

People began camping outside of the fee area and the BLM promptly banned that.



How ironic. No agency has

How ironic. No agency has allowed the destruction of more East County land than the BLM, yet here they are deciding the who, where, when, what and how of still more land use. Talk about the fox guarding the hen house.