Recreation permits are an accommodation made by the Department to casual non-consumptive recreational users. Recreation Permits were never intended to permit large events that have a consumptive impact on the land and that sometimes impact our grazing lessees. Competitive events involve sponsors, prizes or vendors, that the Department can not subsidize, and must ensure compensation to the Trust. Furthermore, competitive events typically involve more concentrated impact on the land than does casual recreation.
If the group is 20 people or more, or is competitive in nature, then the group must apply for a Special Land Use Permit. The fee is established by our published fee schedule. The schedule accounts for the level of impact, the location, type of event/ activities proposed (i.e.; For-Profit, Competitive, Non-Competitive/ Non-Profit) and the number of participants.