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USFS searching for summer campground concession contractor in Summit, Eagle counties

The White River National Forest is soliciting applications for a concession special-use permit. This permit oversees the operation of campgrounds and day-use facilities in the Dillon and Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger Districts as outlined in an online prospectus, according to a release from the U.S. Forest Service.

Applications are due in September 2017. 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.

The concession program for White River National Forest is one of several management methods the Forest Service uses to deliver recreation opportunities to the public. It also provides a business opportunity for private contractors to work on national forest lands. 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 beyond what the Forest Service can provide, the release continued.

Sites being offered in this prospectus are distributed along major state highways, county roads and national forest system roads. Several of the available sites are adjacent to Green Mountain Reservoir, a popular recreation destination 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. Operations under the new permit will begin Jan. 1, 2018. 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. Providing quality customer service is a critical component of this opportunity.

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