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Montana parks board approves various user fee increases

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News from Montana State Parks and Recreation Board

HELENA – Montana State Parks announced Oct. 31 that the 2014 Biennial Fee Rule, an assemblage of user fees and associated rules for the Montana State Park system, was adopted by the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board on Oct. 15.

The new fee rule is effective immediately; however, implementation will take place over the next few months as currently posted fee signage is updated. Montana State Parks will honor the old user fees wherever they are posted.

User fees are critical to the support of the state park system and provide the second largest source of funding. The last increase in park user fees occurred in 2010 and applied to non-resident camping and new camping reservation fees only. The last increase in Montana resident user fees was in 2003.

To view a full version of the adopted 2014 Biennial Fee Rule visit: http://stateparks.mt.gov/fees/feesAll.html and click “Montana State Parks Biennial Fee Rule” under the “Fee Rules” section at the bottom of the page.

A 30-day public comment period for the 2014 Biennial Fee Rule closed on Sept. 26. The majority of the comments were supportive or conditionally supportive of the fee changes.

 

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