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The Colorado State Parks Board is considering raising fees for entrance passes, some campgrounds and other facilities to make up for declining state funding, KCNC-TV, Denver, reported.

The board is meeting today (Sept. 16) in Basalt. Members are looking at raising the daily entrance fee by $1 and camping fees at a dozen of the most popular parks by $2 for five months of the year.

Those and other increases would raise about $1.3 million a year, or half the amount parks received from the state general fund in the 2009-2010 budget. The department won’t receive any money from the general fund in the 2011-2012 budget.

Already, some state campgrounds and picnic areas have been closed, staff has been cut and vacant positions haven’t been filled.