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Hosts needed for BLM campgrounds in northern Idaho

(Feb. 15, 2013) -- The Bureau of Land Management’s Coeur d’Alene District is in need of volunteer campground hosts for the upcoming summer season at two distinctly different locations in Idaho.

BOISE, Idaho — Does the idea of spending your summer camping along a flowing river or beautiful lake spark your interest? If so, then the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Coeur d’Alene District may have just the opportunity for you. The district is in need of volunteer campground hosts for the upcoming summer season at two distinctly different locations.

The first location is Mica Bay Boaters Park, located approximately 10 minutes south of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho along the west shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene. The tucked away boat-in recreation site offers 15 campsites, a picnic pavilion, fishing docks and a swim area. Road access to the site is limited to administrative use or foot traffic; therefore, RV camping, other than the camp host site, is not available. The camp host at Mica Bay performs minor maintenance such as lawn mowing and weed trimming, with tools provided by the BLM. The host also monitors visitor use and provides information to users about the site and surrounding area. The work schedule for this opportunity is Thursday through Sunday, as well as one additional floating day during the week. Volunteer reimbursement rates are approximately $100 dollars per week paid at the end of each month.

The second location is the Hammer Creek Recreation Site located along the free-flowing Lower Salmon River south of Grangeville, Idaho. Hammer Creek is a popular destination for camping, picnicking and swimming, as well as a common put-in site for rafters floating the river. The Hammer Creek site offers 12 campsites. The camp host makes visitor contacts, provides area information and assists with minor maintenance such as painting, cleaning and weed trimming. The BLM is seeking a host that would live on-site from mid-June through Thanksgiving. The host site is fully accessible with water, electricity and sewer. Reimbursement is paid on a monthly basis.

If either of these opportunities sparks your interest, please contact John Mottern, park ranger, regarding the Mica Bay Boater Park at (208) 769-5002 and Joe O’Neill, outdoor recreation planner, regarding the Hammer Creek Recreation Site at (208) 962-3683. General information on both sites can be found at the recreation website.The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

SOURCE: Bureau of Land Management news release

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