Anyone who’d been paying attention to the federal budget and cutbacks in recreation funding shouldn’t be surprised at a recent announcement from the Clearwater National Forest, the Spokane (Wash.) Spokesman-Review reported. Officials propose to raise fees at 29 campgrounds and cabin/lookout rentals.

Three options were evaluated during the RFA process: 1) reduce services; 2) manage fee sites using a concessionaire; and 3) raise fees at selected developed sites. The Forest received many comments from the public about the different proposals listed above. Many of those that commented were concerned with use of concessionaires or with limiting services and closing sites. The forests have selected the alternative to increase fees at developed campgrounds and cabin/lookout rental sites.

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