State park advocates say Connecticut made a mistake in doubling state park and camping fees last year, according to the Associated Press.

Members of the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, Friends of Connecticut State Parks and other park supporters appeared at the state Capitol on Wednesday (March 10) to urge legislators to rescind the increase.

All Department of Environmental Protection fees, permits and licenses that had cost less than $150 were doubled on Oct. 1, 2009, as a way to balance the state budget.

It now costs $20 a car, instead of $10, for residents to visit

The forest and parks association says the fee increases have flopped, and camping reservations dropped by 40% after the price hike.

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