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Comment period to open next month on trail permit system

May 27, 2019

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Officials say accessing wilderness trails for the day in national forests in central Oregon will likely cost more than $10.

The Bulletin reported Sunday that a public comment period will open next month to review fees for the new trailhead permit system for the wilderness areas in the Deschutes and Willamette national forests.

Willamette National Forest project leader Matt Peterson says the expected cost is for day-use trail permits with registration fees.

The system that goes into effect next year will limit entry during the summer on 19 trailheads in the five wilderness areas in the state.

The fees will fund crews to maintain the trails.

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Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com

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